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Second buggy accident in 2 weeks

A WOMAN has been injured in another golf buggy accident on Hamilton Island - the second accident on the island in two weeks.

The 28-year-old broke her left arm when the buggy she was in rolled over at 3pm last Thursday.

She was wearing a seatbelt but the buggy rolled onto her arm which was outside of the buggy.

The RACQ-CQ rescue helicopter air-lifted the woman who was in a stable condition and was transported to Mackay Base Hospital for treatment.

Whitsunday Police sergeant Brad Teys said he believed the buggy lost traction which caused it to topple over.

“Don't assume the buggy is mechanically sound,” he said.

“Inspect the buggy and do brake checks, especially considering the terrain on Hamilton Island.”

Hamilton Island spokeswoman Susan Boyd said it was important people realised the golf buggies were not toys.

She said all drivers got an extensive run-down on how to use the buggies before being allowed to drive them.

“They are a registered vehicle and the road rules apply,” she said.

“There are buggy curfews, the drivers are given briefings, shown how it works and given a quiz on them before being given the keys.”

Last week a four-year-old girl was injured on Hamilton Island when she was thrown from a golf buggy that lost its wheel while being driven.


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