Father sees daughter in car crash

Two cars collided along the Clifton-Gatton Rd yesterday.
Two cars collided along the Clifton-Gatton Rd yesterday. Nev Madsen

EVERY parent’s worst nightmare became a reality for Mark Fentiman when he saw the car his daughter was travelling in and an oncoming sedan crash.

The high-speed, head-on crash happened on the Gatton-Clifton Rd near the Greenmount-Hirstvale Rd turn-off just after 11am yesterday.

Mr Fentiman’s 25-year-old daughter Rachel Fentiman was one of three people to sustain injuries in the serious crash.

Mr Fentiman said his daughter was a passenger in a Mazda MX5 driving from Coffs Harbour to her Maleny home when the car and a Commodore sedan collided head-on.

Her father was travelling in a separate vehicle just a few car lengths in front.

“We bought the car on Friday from Coffs Harbour and we were driving it back to home,” Mr Fentiman said.

“It is every parent’s worst nightmare to see the car your daughter is driving in crash.”

Ms Fentiman sustained a possible fractured skull, a fractured right arm, a chest injury caused by the seat belt and was taken to the Toowoomba Hospital in a serious condition.

Howard Tamplin was driving the Mazda and he sustained back injuries, abdominal injuries, a suspected fractured pelvis and head injuries.

The 39-year-old was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane by the RACQ CareFlight helicopter.

His condition was described as serious but stable.

A Steele Rudd tow truck, which was on the scene, was recruited to transfer Mr Tamplin from the crash site to the waiting helicopter a few metres away.

The driver of the other vehicle, Rachel Kingsford, sustained a fractured arm and chest injuries caused by the seatbelt.

Ms Kingsford was taken to the Toowoomba Hospital in a stable condition.

Her partner Clive Costello said Ms Kingsford had travelled that stretch of road and was familiar with its condition.

“So many times I have avoided an accident on this road,” Mr Costello said.

“It is a poor excuse for a two-lane road.”

The road was closed for an hour while crews cleaned up the scene.

Topics:  mazda mx5

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