CHARGE DRIVER AFTER SUDDEN ACCIDENT IN SHOPPING CROWD
10 HURT IN BUSY
IN less than 20 seconds yesterday 10 people were injured at Brisbane's busy Queen and Edward Streets inter- section.
Peak shopping crowds shouted warnings and two women fainted as a car careered through two packed pedestrian lanes and crashed into a
stationary car. Ambulance bearers raced to the intersection in four cars and treated bleeding and semicon- scious people spreadeagled over 30 yards. Trolley buses and cars were brought to a standstill as hundreds of people poured into the centre of the intersection. The smash occurred at 2.40 p.m. and drew 500 onlookers. Traffic was not restored until 3.10 p.m. Late yesterday police charged a 42-year-old single man of New Farm, who was alone in a car, with having caused grievous bodily harm. SUDDEN blows Brisbane General Hospi- tal authorities last night re- ported that three of the 10 people were admitted to hospital seriously injured but had since been taken off the seriously ill list. These three are a boy, aged 11, a girl 9, and a married woman, aged 42. Onlookers said they were staggered at the swiftness of the accident. Two lanes of pedestrians were crossing Edward Street on both sides of Queen Street. The car approached the
crossing along Edward Street towards Adelaide Street. Two women were knocked to the roadway in the first pedestrian lane. Seconds later people in the second lane on the other side of Queen Street were struck glancing blows and thrown to the roadway. According to spectators, the car came to a halt after a collision between it and another car. A shopper's parcel of meat was wedged between the two cars. POLICE call aid Smashed headlight glass, torn clothing, fruit and gro- ceries from women's shop- ping baskets were strewn over Edward Street. Groups of bystanders pressed close to the in- jured and placed coats over them. Police called for reinforce- ments to control the crowd, and dozens of people watched the scene from office win- dows in nearby buildings. A woman who escaped in- jury sobbed as her young daughter lay on the road. Three of the injured sat along the gutter waiting for ambulance treatment. The first of the four am- bulance cars reached the intersection within four minutes. Police had to move onlookers as the ambulance cars moved into the area with sirens wailing. 'HEARD bump' One of the accident vic- tims, Dr. Mavis Hallback, of the Brisbane General Hospital staff, who escaped with shock, said she was crossing Edward Street with her sister. 'I saw a car coming along out of the corner of my eye,' she said. 'I felt something hit me. Next thing I knew I was lying on the road.' A passerby, Mr. John Oakley, 24, of St. Paul's Terrace, City, said: 'It all happened so quickly that people did not know for a second what had hap- pened. 'I heard a noise and a bump and turned to see people lying about.' CARS diverted Trolley buses were parked on each side of the inter- section for more than 20 minutes as the area was cleared. Cars were diverted from Edward Street. Police said last night it was the first accident of its kind in the city.