Sydney woman, 29, killed in 'tragic incident' during honeymoon

·News Reporter
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A woman has died in a freak accident in the Whitsundays.

The 29-year-old was riding in a golf cart on Hamilton Island when it overturned on Monday afternoon near One Tree Hill lookout.

Police say the male driver, believed to be the woman’s husband, had been attempting to do a U-turn on Whitsunday Boulevard at the time.

An aerial shot of Hamilton Island.
Hamilton Island has confirmed a 29-year-old woman died in a golf buggy crash on Monday. Source: Getty

The woman from Sydney died at the scene while the man escaped without injuries.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the incident.

Hamilton Island confirmed the fatality in a statement on Tuesday,

“Our deepest thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the woman involved in this tragic incident,” it said.

“Our highest priority is the safety and wellbeing of our guests, residents and staff, and we are working closely with Queensland Police to investigate the incident.”

Some of Hamilton Island's 1,000-plus golf buggies parked on Front Street. Source: AAP
Some of Hamilton Island's 1,000-plus golf buggies parked on Front Street. Source: AAP

According to the Courier Mail, the woman was enjoying her honeymoon at the time of the fatal accident.

QAS Acting Director Mackay District Ambulance Graeme McIntyre said an on-duty paramedic arrived at the scene within minutes and was assisted by others in trying to resuscitate the woman, the publication reported.

“(She) was in cardiac arrest and along with a number of first aiders on the island – an off-duty dentist, off-duty fire officer, and doctor from the island – (they) performed resuscitation for 35 minutes without success,” he said.

Golf buggies on Hamilton Island are required to be operated in accordance with Queensland Road rules and requirements.

They have become the main mode of transport on the holiday island after authorities discontinued the use of six-seater petrol buggies following a serious crash six years ago.

A 2016 scene of a buggy crash on Hamilton Island. Eight people were injured when their buggies collided. Source: AAP
A 2016 scene of a buggy crash on Hamilton Island. Eight people were injured when their buggies collided. Source: AAP

In that incident, a woman and her nine-month old baby were left in a critical condition and seven others were injured.

Their golf buggy, which was being driven by a local employee, crashed into a parked golf cart.

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