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February 16th 2010
Serious accident in Nelly Bay

A magnetic Island man sustained life threatening injuries last night after the vehicle he was driving rolled on the corner of Barton Street and Mandalay Avenue in Nelly Bay.

The man, who was the sole occupant of a ute is believed to be from Nelly Bay, and was, according to Magnetic Island Police Senior Constable Brendan Nugent, currently in an induced coma at Townsville Hospital receiving treatment for head injuries he sustained in the accident.

The accident occurred at approximately 12.40am and the man was taken to the Magnetic Island Clinic where he was stabilised before being evacuated to Townsville Hospital.

Constable Nugent said, “His head and internal injuries were a concern.”

When asked if he thought alcohol played a role in the accident Constable Nugent wasn't prepared to comment until an investigation which includes blood tests had been completed.

The nature of the accident suggests however some serious misjudgment. According to Constable Nugent, the vehicle had been coming up Barton street towards Mandalay Avenue and rolled because it missed the corner entirely cutting into and across the footpath area on the right, inside corner, which slopes down to the roadway. The angle of this ground would have greatly increased the vehicle's capacity to roll over.

Story: George Hirst

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