Five injured in Hamilton Island crash
Five people have been injured – with one flown to hospital – following a golf cart crash on Queensland’s Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays.
It happened about 1.30am on Thursday along Acadia Drive with the 18-year-old driver, a woman from Buddina, suffering minor injuries.
The group was travelling in a 2014 E-Z-GO golf cart at the time, the only vehicle involved in the crash.
Four passengers – a 21-year-old Willow Vale woman, a 21-year-old Cannonvale man, a 21-year-old Brandy Creek man, and a 19-year-old Kew man – were also injured.
The Willow Vale woman had to be flown to Mackay Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Hamilton Island Enterprises, which handles operations on the island, have released a statement over the incident.
“The driver and passengers have been assessed and treated by the island’s paramedics,” it reads.
“All vehicles are required to be operated in accordance with Queensland road rules and requirements on Hamilton Island.
“Our highest priority is the safety and wellbeing of our guests, residents, and staff.
“We are working closely with the Queensland Police Service who are investigating the incident.”
Golf carts are a common sight on Hamilton Island, being the preferred mode of transport.
A speed limit of 40km/h applies all over the island.
Cart drivers also need to be at least 21 years old and hold a full driver’s licence.
Anyone with information on the crash is urged to call police on 131 444 or make an anonymous report online.