Stranger could not save car victim
THE caring face of a stranger squeezing her hand is the last thing a Noosa woman saw before she died after a horrific head-on crash at Castaways Beach.
A female witness who was first on the scene held up the woman's head, opened her airways and told her everything would be okay.
The Noosa woman was trapped in her sedan after a collision with a van along David Low Way just before 9am yesterday.
The driver of the van, a 44-year-old Kawana man, also was trapped.
The witness had been following behind the Noosa woman in her work colleague Andrew Seymour's car when the accident happened.
Mr Seymour said his colleague was brave and acted immediately to try to save the woman's life.
"She called the ambulance straight away. She went over to the woman and held her hand and talked to her, reassuring her that emergency services were on the way," Mr Seymour said.
"She tilted her head and did everything she was told to do. She was very brave in the face of something so tragic.
"Not many people could have done what she did, so she was understandably shaken."
Two off-duty paramedics, who were driving past the accident, began CPR on the woman while she was trapped in the car.
Three ambulance crews, police and serious accident firefighters arrived soon after.
Paramedics continued CPR on the woman in the car for 30 minutes, even trying to revive her using a remote cardiac machine.
Firefighters from Coolum and Maroochydore used a saw to cut the roof off the car and set the woman free.
She was then lifted through the opening almost 40 minutes after the accident happened.
She died in an ambulance on the way to the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter hangar, where a helicopter was waiting to transfer her to Brisbane.
The male driver of the van also was cut free and transferred to Nambour General Hospital with serious injuries to his neck and back.
Police closed a 400m section of David Low Way as the scene was cleared.
Fuel and oil which leaked on to the road was covered in woodchips and later cleaned by Sunshine Coast Council workers.
Mr Seymour praised his colleague and said she was shaken, but doing well.
The Forensic Crash Unit was investigating the reason for the collision. Police ask anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.