TEAM EFFORT: The wrecked vehicle pictured in a holding yard after the accident in which a Maryborough grandmother and her infant granddaughter were trapped upside down for an hour just off the Bruce Hwy near Sippy Downs.
TEAM EFFORT: The wrecked vehicle pictured in a holding yard after the accident in which a Maryborough grandmother and her infant granddaughter were trapped upside down for an hour just off the Bruce Hwy near Sippy Downs. Darryn Smith

Crash leaves two trapped upside down for 50 minutes

A MARYBOROUGH woman and her young granddaughter spent almost an hour trapped upside down in the wreck of their car before they were able to guide emergency crews to the scene using a mobile phone.

Rescuers say the car was so well hidden by darkness, long grass and the deep culvert where it came to rest that the pair could have been trapped for several hours if the woman had not been able to reach her phone.

The two were the only occupants of the car which left the highway near the Sippy Creek Rd on the Sunshine Coast about 4am.

It is believed they were on their way home to Maryborough from Brisbane.

Almost a dozen police, ambulance and fire personnel spent about 40 minutes combing the side of the highway with torches before the wreckage was found.

"We all went to a location provided by a witness to the crash but we couldn't find anything," Nambour Fire Station acting station officer Chris Cahill said.

"It was dark and all we could do was spread out and begin searching.

"The woman had somehow found her phone and also called for help and she stayed on the phone to guide us.

"One of the vehicles - I think it was a police - turned its siren on and she said she could hear it, so we knew we were in the right area."

A Nambour fireman was the first to find the pair after he noticed some flattened grass beside the highway, about 150m from the main search area.

Mr Cahill said the woman's granddaughter, believed to be about two, was distraught when rescuers arrived.

"The firefighter was able to get her out and comfort her but her grandmother was still trapped upside down," he said.

"They had been hanging there for about 50 minutes, I suppose, and were both pretty knocked around."



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