Bystander recalls bravery of strangers in fatal crash
A WHITSUNDAY man was driving his two nephews to school when he came across a horrific crash scene and pulled straight over to help.
Sam, who asked for his surname not to be published, was one of numerous bystanders who rushed to lend a hand while emergency services made their way to the scene of the fiery crash at Mount Julian.
A Proserpine woman tragically died as a result of the crash.
When Sam arrived, four people were delivering CPR to a woman while two other bystanders were calling emergency services.
He said a van and a hatchback were on the side of the road and the hatchback was "almost wrapped around the front of the van".
Neither of the cars were on fire when Sam arrived at the scene.
Sam grabbed a sheet from his car and used it to shield the bystanders as they continued CPR.
He said emergency services arrived about five minutes later and took over.
Queensland Police confirmed the driver of the Honda hatchback, a 79-year-old woman, died at the scene.
Initial police investigations indicated the woman was travelling east on Shute Harbour Rd when she attempted to perform a U-turn at Mount Julian.
Police say the woman then hit a van travelling behind her.
The driver of the van, a 21-year-old man, was taken to Proserpine Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Both vehicles caught fire as a result of the crash.
Sam said he lived "just up the road" from where the fatal crash happened and recalled several other crashes in the area, especially near the turn off to Conway.
He thanked all the emergency services for their assistance and other bystanders who helped divert traffic away from the area.
"To all that (attended) the scene, thank you for getting there and acting professionally with what was going on," he said.
Shute Harbour Rd was closed in both directions for a few hours this morning following the crash, but has since reopened.
Police are appealing for anyone with dashcam footage or further information about the crash to phone Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.