'This is it, I'm dying': Gore Hwy crash victim
WESTBROOK man David Mitchell thought "this is it" when his car crumpled around him as he made his way to work.
His crash was one of two which happened in quick succession at the intersection of the Gore Hwy and Toowoomba-Karara Rd yesterday.
The 21-year-old was heading to Toowoomba on the highway when he rounded a bend at the intersection about 7.40am.
He said he slowed down to 80kmh after noticing a lot of cars waiting to enter the highway from Toowoomba-Karara Rd.
A truck had pulled out, turning towards Toowoomba in front of him.
Sunshine reflected off a small bit of water on Mr Mitchell's windscreen as he rounded the bend.
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"I didn't see the truck and then all of a sudden the whole car was crumpling around me," Mr Mitchell said.
"As it was happening I thought, 'this is it, I'm dying today'.
"It was horrible."
But despite severe damage to the section of car where he was sitting, Mr Mitchell escaped with a sore shoulder and sore lower back.
He was on his way to hospital and police were conducting investigations when a ute pulled out from the same intersection into the path of a westbound ute.
They collided, causing damage to both vehicles.
Police believe the driver of the ute which pulled out may have thought it was safe to do so after being waved through by another motorist.
Three people from one ute, including two boys, were not injured and the woman driving the other ute was also not injured.