Car stuck on tram tracks on Sundale bridge

by on March 13, 2014 4:00 pm
 

PHOTO: Rob Williams

UPDATE: A crane has been used to lift a car stuck on the tram tracks on the Sundale bridge.

Around 8:15am, an elderly woman drove on to the light rail tracks near the Queens Park Tennis Centre on Queen Street.

She continued driving on to the light rail bridge before her car tyres became stuck.

Car lifted - ABC

Salvage operation underway to remove the car from the tram tracks. PICTURE: ABC

Power was cut to the tracks as emergency services tried to work out how to remove the vehicle from the bridge.

A crane lifted the vehicle from the tracks this afternoon.

CAR lifted

Salvage operation underway to remove the car from the tram tracks. PICTURE: Channel Nine

EARLIER: GoldLinq communications director Jason Ward said he is still not 100 percent sure how the driver got onto the tracks.

“We are still trying to determine how the car entered the tracks and at what point. We are relying on the police to investigate that,” he said.

Car stuck on the Sundale Bridge in Southport. PHOTO: Rodney Armstrong

Car stuck on the Sundale Bridge in Southport. PHOTO: Rodney Armstrong

“There are signs all over the place and there is a lot of road markings and tram only signs. We believe everything is in place to (stop) this type of incident; it just seems to be an unfortunate mistake that has been made.”

“We are now in the process of removing the car. We have a lot of people on site, emergency services and our own crews, trying to determine the best way to remove it,” said Mr Ward.

It’s believed a crane or a temporary ramp may be used to remove the car.

The driver was reportedly treated for shock by paramedics and has now left the scene.

PHOTO 1: Aaron McBain. PHOTO 2: Kylie Reynolds

PHOTO 1: Aaron McBain. PHOTO 2: Kylie Reynolds

 

 

  • Sidds

    This city is not ready for any infrastructure improvement. It is full of brain dead zombies walking/driving around. How on earth do you not realize that you are driving on tram tracks….separate and cordoned off area from the rest of the traffic?
    *facepalm*

    • Jo

      we just need to get rid of the brain dead zombies..

      • Guesto

        By letting them drive on the tracks. Sorted.

        • Truth

          Unless they hook these tracks up to somewhere useful in the next year or so (like Coolloongatta airport or Helensvale Station) then they will disapper quickly and quietly and little old ladies will be free to drive around oblivious to their surroundings again….

          • Michael J. Sumner

            the truth hurts but it doesn’t care… the truth is told and i totally agree with it :)

          • Michael Follower

            What truth? Can I drink my cool aide yet? I’m thirsty.

          • Michael J. Sumner

            u can drink whatever u like mike and u probably do. the truth that the train goes to nowhere and it will b an epic fail… drink on that.

        • Truth

          Unless they hook these tracks up to somewhere useful in the next year or so (like Coolloongatta airport or Helensvale Station) then they will disapper quickly and quietly and little old ladies will be free to drive around oblivious to their surroundings again….

      • Karen

        Stop be such a bitch Jo, one day you will be old,

        • michael fan 34

          Yeah Jo, stop be!

      • Karen

        Stop be such a bitch Jo, one day you will be old,

      • Michael J. Sumner

        that’s right Jo so go and jump off the bridge & do us all a favour.

        • Honestly. ..

          Hahaha Michael so mad… makes me think it was your grandmother who derped so hard she managed to drive… 600m…. on tram tracks… clearly signed… in a car….
          Hope it doesnt run in the family… your next drive could land you in the newspaper as well ! :O

          • Michael J. Sumner

            more assumptions from idiots and twits… i know nothing of this poor old lady
            and have no sympathy or understanding for how she may feel or what she is going
            through… your grandmother would be ashamed of your comments i’m sure.
            why
            don’t u go an pick on the 10000 drunk drivers each year that truly risk your
            life and that of your entire family instead of hiding behind false names and
            fake profiles. REAL issues not just media sensations laid out for the brain dead
            masses.

          • OneTwo

            Hey mike I hope you like wasting your time reading and formulating arguments against strangers on the internet – your assumption that just because you have a picture and account etc that you think this is a “real” profile you are mistaken … This is the internet. ..
            You must be one of those idiots you keep going on about…

          • Michael J. Sumner

            well onetwo buckle my shoe u can check on my fb profile and check my name goes with my many social networks. i don’t hide behind false profiles like u and others as i stand behind what i say. & so that’s your contribution to this conversation… calling me an idiot, lol. brilliant thanks for your valuable input and insightful comments, i’m sure u’ll go far in life ;)

        • youthful

          i’d have a think about what your typing before you go ahead and harass these people.

          • Michael J. Sumner

            i am not u! and i would like to see ‘jo’ say that
            to the old lady’s face. walk up to this old lady and call her a ‘brain dead
            zombie’, lol. jo would be crucified by the public and yet u all accept it
            here??? a bunch of anonymous bullies with no backbones as far as i can see as
            they would not say any of this 2 her face in public… would they? so have a
            think about that youthful twit :)

        • youthful

          i’d have a think about what your typing before you go ahead and harass these people.

      • Michael J. Sumner

        that’s right Jo so go and jump off the bridge & do us all a favour.

    • youthful

      if we are not ready now…when will we ever be?? look at the cities around the world that have trams and excellent public transport systems… the GC needs to improve this system.. have a look at translinks twitter..nothing but complaints…

    • youthful

      if we are not ready now…when will we ever be?? look at the cities around the world that have trams and excellent public transport systems… the GC needs to improve this system.. have a look at translinks twitter..nothing but complaints…

    • Michael J. Sumner

      are u talking about yourself also? so critical and i suppose u have NEVER made an error on the raods and you r mr perfect with everything else? media says somehting & the braindead zombies react… & yes i’m talking about u!

  • Anna M

    Give the woman free tram usage for life. We dont want her driving anymore

    • Michael J. Sumner

      the youth account for over 40% of all accidents on our roads so pehaps for your safety we should cancell all of their licences based on your logic.

      • Anna M

        aaww Michael life is way to short to spend it being so serious over everything.
        I was just TRYING (obviously badly) to be funny.

        • Michael J. Sumner

          i didn’t get it and i love comedy. but what i don;t like is people that pick on
          the helpless and old. i think it’s disgusting how people have reacted to this
          incident & i am starting to think there is no hope 4 humanity. just
          horrible, mean, reactive people without a care for the old lady. screw the
          bridge she is a fellow human and did nothing bad, she just made an error that
          was a bit different to the normal. i see no one attacking the 10000 drunk
          drivers in our courts every year that really are a danger to you, me and all
          society.

          • Anna M

            Oh goodness…Its nice that you get all defensive about people picking on the helpless and old…Im not helpless but I sure am old and would certainly be the last one to pick on anybody.
            you mention “horrible, mean, reactive people”….I agee that its not nice to act that way but its not nice to act that way in defense of anyone either…two wrongs dont make a right as the saying goes. its good to challange people and get them to think in a different way and to see a different point of view.
            I admire your feelings of protectiveness.
            As for not seeing people getting upset over drunk drivers…I wouldnt agree with you there at all….I have seen a lot of anger over drunk drivers.

            Anyway….Lovely chatting with you but im out of here for the day.
            Enjoy your evening.

          • Michael J. Sumner

            well i’ll do it my way anna & u do it yours but
            at the end of the day someone has to defend the older generations as we will all
            be there one day very soon. & as far as drunk drivers i see no naming and
            shaming online. people my be angry about it but i see no individuals being
            attacked online for their drunk driving crimes.
            i am challenging and will
            match peoples language and then take it 2 the next level so people show
            their true colours and it works exceptionally well. this conversation was dead
            and one sided until i entered the room so sorry that i’m a bit strong with my
            wording but it does take all kinds to have a rigorous debate. nice chatting with
            u 2 :)

      • Anna M

        aaww Michael life is way to short to spend it being so serious over everything.
        I was just TRYING (obviously badly) to be funny.

      • ant

        sounds good to me!

    • Michael J. Sumner

      the youth account for over 40% of all accidents on our roads so pehaps for your safety we should cancell all of their licences based on your logic.

  • Jilly Andersen

    So, now we need to spend millions on fencing the tracks off :)

    • Sidds

      The area she drove on to……is already fenced :| Didn’t stop her adventurous spirit.

      • Jilly Andersen

        OH dear:) didn’t realise it was already! Hmmm!

    • Michael J. Sumner

      NO we need to blow them up as they are the ugliest thing on the gold coast and a waste of our money. kickbacks and backroom deals to make the rich richer… get with reality.

      • Wasn’t that your argument?

        now, now. Let’s not react to media hype

      • Wasn’t that your argument?

        now, now. Let’s not react to media hype

    • Michael J. Sumner

      NO we need to blow them up as they are the ugliest thing on the gold coast and a waste of our money. kickbacks and backroom deals to make the rich richer… get with reality.

    • Anna

      That was my thought Jilly…

  • Tilly M

    She should have her drivers licence taking off her for stupidity.

    • Michael J. Sumner

      that’s right react to media reports and get on the old lady bashing bandwaggon… i wonder how many stupid stupid erros u have made in your life & how u would react is it was slashed all over the media???? but u r perfect aren’t u tilly… never made a driving error in your life!

      • not an English Major.

        I’ve never made an “erros” before, so shall I throw the first stone

        • Michael J. Sumner

          i call bullshit!

          • still not an English Major

            read it again, Michael.

          • Michael J. Sumner

            so pedantic about English grammar, lol. ”errors”… now r u happy? nothing 2 do with the discussion but if
            picking on a missed letter makes u feel smart then go 4 it. it’s much like
            picking on an old lady… pathetic!

          • Not the English Major

            When did I pick on the old lady?

          • Michael J. Sumner

            when did i say that YOU were picking on an old lady? lol

      • not an English Major.

        I’ve never made an “erros” before, so shall I throw the first stone

    • Michael J. Sumner

      that’s right react to media reports and get on the old lady bashing bandwaggon… i wonder how many stupid stupid erros u have made in your life & how u would react is it was slashed all over the media???? but u r perfect aren’t u tilly… never made a driving error in your life!

  • Nell

    The incident and driver failt aside, shame on you myGC for showing the number plates. Leaving yourself open to legal issues too…

  • Simon

    Goes to show the areas aren’t adequately signed.

    • Adam

      Are you serious???? Blind Freddy can see the signs………

      • Michael J. Sumner

        obvioulsy not… perhaps we aren’t all as good as u mr perfect.

        • Not Mr Perfect

          Straight up Michael, you’re posting on everyone’s posts defending the driver and occasionally mentioning statistics on youth causing accidents… Conceded that inexperience is definitely a dangerous trait, but so is deteriorating eyesight, reaction time and judgement. I totally agree that we all make mistakes but this one is slightly above the norm, wouldn’t you agree? It is after all, completely inaccessible by road for quite some distance before it becomes a bridge..

          • Michael J. Sumner

            i would like to agree with u BUT as u are scared to put your real name i have no
            idea who i am talking with. yes this is different but nothing like the death and
            destruction of real accidents that take lives and wreck families. this entire
            thing is just picking on an old lady because it’s easy and she can not defend
            herself. well i’m here to balance out the conversation and seem to be the only
            one. i call 4 compassion, understanding and empathy and those that don’t i think
            r less than human and i’m happy 2 say that 2 their face & not hide behind
            false names and blank profiles.

        • Not Mr Perfect

          Straight up Michael, you’re posting on everyone’s posts defending the driver and occasionally mentioning statistics on youth causing accidents… Conceded that inexperience is definitely a dangerous trait, but so is deteriorating eyesight, reaction time and judgement. I totally agree that we all make mistakes but this one is slightly above the norm, wouldn’t you agree? It is after all, completely inaccessible by road for quite some distance before it becomes a bridge..

      • Michael J. Sumner

        obvioulsy not… perhaps we aren’t all as good as u mr perfect.

    • youthful

      goes to show that humans can be idiots?

      • Michael J. Sumner

        yes that’s about 99% of us that are idiots in case
        u haven’t noticed… would u actually say that to the old lady’s face or just
        here where u can hide behind a fake profile and make comments from the
        shadows?

    • youthful

      goes to show that humans can be idiots?

  • AK47

    Wow! How is it even possible for someone to be so unintelligent!

    • bobdabuilda

      … perhaps ask an “unintelligent” person. Nice word, btw… make it yourself?

      • oxford

        Look it up buddy.

        I think you’ll feel a bit unintelligent yourself.

      • oxford

        Look it up buddy.

        I think you’ll feel a bit unintelligent yourself.

    • Michael J. Sumner

      are u talking about our government? she’s an old lady who made an error and i’m sure u’ve made 1000s of them. plus i think u may be reflecting somewhat, lol

    • Michael J. Sumner

      are u talking about our government? she’s an old lady who made an error and i’m sure u’ve made 1000s of them. plus i think u may be reflecting somewhat, lol

  • Peter

    So here proves that the only difference between intelligence and stupidity, is that intelligence has its limits…..

    • Michael J. Sumner

      & so what’s your point mr genius? just
      picking on an old lady that made an error and that does NOT make u smart
      peter… it makes u a bully with no compassion, empathy or
      understanding.

      • youthful

        none of us are bullying the elderly woman michael… i think you’ve made enough of a point that you are the bully here. let people have their say.

        • Just an observer

          I have a $1 that Michael J. Sumner is related to the old woman in question. Good on ya Michael for defending your own! You tell them!! It just shows how ignorant you are.
          According to your logic of…’did not hurt anyone’. Am I allowed to walk around the streets with a 12 gauge shotgun and machete because I like to collect them and it matches my dress? Common, I am not hurting anyone… pretty please?

          • its a sure thing

            I’m not taking that bet.

          • its a sure thing

            I’m not taking that bet.

          • Michael J. Sumner

            and here comes the analogies… for the people that can’t prove a point with the
            facts… u can prove anything by analogy but lets stick to the point. there were
            NO shotguns or people roaming the streets with them u twit so your point is
            baseless and bullshit.
            i’m ignorant??, lol, i’ve been called many things but
            that’s not one of them so u must be reflection your own inadequacies and with
            analogies like that i can see why u twit of a human.

          • Alanna

            An analogy is an excellent way of making a point. People use analogies to make points all the time. There is nothing wrong with that, provided the analogy makes sense. It is merely another way to express ideas in a debate or discussion.
            Michael. You are verbally abusive. You have a go at others for what you personally perceive as bullying and then you go ahead and bully others. You outright insult them. Even if someone did say something offensive and out of line, you only make the situation worse by sinking to their level of disrespect. You can solve issues by using words that are not offensive, swearing or verbally abusive. So why would you choose not to? Do you enjoy trying to hurt people? Do you really think people will listen to the points you have to make if you are putting them down in the process? You lose their respect entirely. If you want to actually make a difference in the world, expressing and discussing your beliefs with other members of our society should be done in a civilised and respectful way. Calling people stupid and a twit does not help anyone nor does it help the sharing and exchanging of knowledge, ideas and views.

          • Michael J. Sumner

            an analogy is dismissed during a debate as it
            proves nothing and everything at the same time and it is NOT a fair way to
            discuss a subject.
            alanna i am ONLY verbally abusive to those people that
            attacked this old lady and called her multiple names and totally disrespected
            her. Is this the world u want? i do not verbally abuse anyone that did not abuse
            her first. she does not have a voice here and no defence from these verbal
            attacks and insults on her person. This is not a nice happy discussion forum
            with intelligent people making fair points. This is a vigilantly crowd with knee
            jerk reaction that hide behind fake profiles and attack those not there to
            defend themselves. any fair comments i’m happy to discuss with no insults. DO
            THOSE people enjoy hurting a lil old lady??? & YES I DO enjoy hurting those
            peole that would insult and verbally abuse an old lady… i love it!
            i don’t
            care if they listen to my point or not really, that’s not what i’m looking for.
            what i am looking 4 is let those bullies know that they DO NOT have a free run
            on this kind of thing and that there r people like me that will not accept the
            attacking or and verbal abuse of an old lady that just made a simple error. this
            is not about a quality discussion on elderly drivers, this is just a vigilantly
            attack on a defenceless old lady. i don’t want their agreement or favour, i
            think they are sick twisted people and i will verbally shred them as that’s what
            they deserve. U do it your way & i’ll do it mine and if U want to attack
            this old lady and call her names then i’ll go u 2. but u sound like a nice
            person so u would never do such a gutless spineless thing.

          • quote-tastic

            “I am only verbally abusive” – Michael J Summer, 13/03/2014.

        • Just an observer

          I have a $1 that Michael J. Sumner is related to the old woman in question. Good on ya Michael for defending your own! You tell them!! It just shows how ignorant you are.
          According to your logic of…’did not hurt anyone’. Am I allowed to walk around the streets with a 12 gauge shotgun and machete because I like to collect them and it matches my dress? Common, I am not hurting anyone… pretty please?

        • Michael J. Sumner

          another idiot point made by an idiot… u have
          had your say and now i am having mine. i have in NO way stopped u from making
          your point so i have NO idea what u r talking about. r u trying 2 stop me from
          having my say??? yes i will bully u and demine u criticise u as is fair in
          discussion forums. i guess u don’t know how these things work do u?…

      • Ben

        Mr M. Summer, I hate to be the “downer” on your fun little rant you seem to be having on here, but you do realize what you are doing to all of these people’s comments is borderline “trolling” right? People are coming on here to express their opinion and you are belittling each and every one that doesn’t agree with your own opinion. You even go so far as to put people down and use words such as “thick head” (we all know where you were going with that), calling somebody “stupid” and an “idiot”. If I were you I would quit before you start getting too carried away and do something you may regret. Remember Mr Summer this is a forum and EVERYONE is entitled to their opinion, you should not take it upon yourself to try banging your views into everyone, for one you will not succeed and for two you are borderline breaking the law!

    • Michael J. Sumner

      & so what’s your point mr genius? just
      picking on an old lady that made an error and that does NOT make u smart
      peter… it makes u a bully with no compassion, empathy or
      understanding.

  • youthful

    give the elderly another driving test. not trying to be disrespectful but reality and science shows it.

    • Michael J. Sumner

      the youth account for over 40% of all accidents on our roads AS SCIENCE shows us u thick head :) go & pick on the government and leave old ladies alone u bully.

    • Michael J. Sumner

      the youth account for over 40% of all accidents on our roads AS SCIENCE shows us u thick head :) go & pick on the government and leave old ladies alone u bully.

      • not a mathematician

        So…seniors equate for 60% then? I’m not sure. It’s your math.

        • Michael J. Sumner

          that’s what an idiot would say that knows
          nothing of maths or statistical data. 40% youth, 25% young adults, 25% older
          adults & 10% the elderly! how’s that for some maths mr not a mathematician?

          • proof before you post

            Do you have a documented record to prove those numerical statistics my dear Watson?

          • Michael J. Sumner

            yes i do… do u have anything proving the contrary, or r u just guessing?

          • proof before you post

            I have not stated any figures..nor have I pulled up number out of my rear…since you seem to be the man with the numbers, how about you enlighten us with some proof?

          • Michael J. Sumner

            so again u r guessing… if u r interested then prove me wrong but until then then MY facts r true & u r just a foot stomper with no power, lol.

          • not how SCIENCE works

            Is that how it works? I just state something and if no one is immediately able to disprove it with research, it is a fact?

          • Michael J. Sumner

            yes that’s right… it’s how our governments and corporations work.

          • Michael fan 64

            Damnit. I wish I had some research about community consultation, surveys, population density maps or something on my desk to disprove this comment…but alas, I don’t. So it must be true. Thanks Michael. You have shown me the way. Do you have a blog I can follow? I’d be interested in hearing more of your ideas.

          • Michael J. Sumner

            i’m all over the web and easy to find and i
            need prove nothing to u as u have no name and r obviously fictional. send me you
            phone number and i’ll call u to give u my links if u like ;) i have many ideas
            and non of them include attacking and insulting lil old ladies.

          • get a dictionary

            I’m pretty sure I’m not “fictional.”

          • Michael’s victim

            Michael stole $20,000 from me!! Pay up Michael. Or show me proof that you didn’t steal my money! Until then, you are a thief!

          • Michael J. Sumner

            kool come and get it, i’m over at main beach, lol ;)

          • YepMakesSense

            The Queensland government statistics i found agree with your conclusion.

            19.0% of crashes that resulted in hospitalisation in 2010 involved a senior driver, 65% of those crashes where the fault of the senior driver, 35.9% of crashes involved younger drivers ( under the age of 24 ) 72% of those crashes where the fault of a younger driver.

            22% of licensed drivers are classed as senior drivers, although only 12% as youth drivers.

            So…

            The 12% of the population (60) are only involved in 19% of hospitalising crashes.

      • not a mathematician

        So…seniors equate for 60% then? I’m not sure. It’s your math.

      • youthful

        wow you really have your way with words…Not sure if you just cant read…but i did say i am not trying to be disrespectful…this is a place of discussion.. not bullying…i stated my opinion, as i am a nurse and have studied and seen firsthand how ageing can affect vision, movement and mental processes…have a skim read of the QLD transport senior driving page… and i am in full support of picking on the government where appropriate..

        • Michael J. Sumner

          so what… what about the constant deaths
          caused by youth drivers??? what’s wrong with their brain??? they cause way way
          more accidents with far greater injuries than the elderly FACT. shouldn’t we stop them from driving if it’s safter for them to not be on the roads?

          • let go or be dragged

            Hahaha mate just give it a rest… Your commin across as a dushe’ lol

          • Michael J. Sumner

            u must be very old 2 use such an outdated term, lol. i don’t need to give anything a rest but thanks for caring. the current term is ‘dushelord’, get used 2 it as u will probaly hear it a lot when people address u ;)

          • Calling Michael out

            Now who’s bashing old people?

          • Michael J. Sumner

            verbally… i would have thought that was
            blatantly obvious :)

          • Moody Michael

            I would respect what you’re saying if you took a moment to learn how to write correctly. I would also love to hear how much you know about science considering your keyboard warrior self professes so much knowledge. If you don’t mind sharing your qualifications with us I’m sure we would love to engage in a much more suitable discussion with you. Judging from your apparent abundance of time to sit on this feed and comment, you don’t have too many pressing matters to tend to, for example, a meaningful job. If you could post something informed and educated that would be much appreciated.

          • Michael for PM!

            From Michael’s FB page: :)

            Studied at I dont need school, I have google

          • Michael J. Sumner

            i run on online empire, who ever u r hiding in
            the shadows with no name. i didn’t ask 4 your respect nor do i need or want it.
            we r not talking about science here we are talking about a bunch of people
            attacking an old lady that made an error on the roads. no science, no great
            knowledge that i ever professed and no qualifications required. u just made all
            that stuff up in order to bolster your argument. these people pick on people
            from their computers and hide behind fake profiles and no names, just like u,
            and so if i wish to defend that old lady as she has no voice here then i will
            regardless of your pathetic attempt at belittling me. U posted NOTHING but an
            attack on me… u must be very educated and informed to provide such valuable
            information to this discussion. & i do have all the time in the world, i’m
            free & will ALWAYS do the exact opposite of what all u sheep do :)

          • Moody Michael

            Please link me your ‘online empire’

          • Not an English Major

            that’s not how you spell that word.

          • Alanna

            By that logic, we should only focus on finding a cure for heart disease and ignore finding a cure for liver disease.
            The reasons why young drivers cause so many accidents is completely different to why elderly people can cause accidents. BOTH are issues and BOTH should be addressed. In fact, both are being addressed. In NSW & Victoria, L platers are required to do 120 hours of driving experience now. There are severe restrictions on the consumption of alcohol and restrictions on speed for L and P platers. There are ad campaigns, education in schools, etc. Young drivers have less demerit points and in most states there are severe consequences for “hooning”.
            Young drivers who break the law DO get taken off the road. But you can’t tell which ones are going to cause accidents and which ones aren’t. There is no test for that.
            The issue with elderly drivers, however, can be addressed by ensuring they have regular driving tests/medical tests. By regular I mean every 2 years once you reach a certain age. This is what happens in NSW, I believe, and it is a good thing! I worry about my Nanna, who is 91, driving on the roads, because I can see her mind is going, she is in the early stages of dementia. Not to mention she has good and bad days with her vision and hearing. The next test she does, she may end up losing her license. It is sad but necessary. When you get to that age, you often have to switch from driving to having someone else drive you. Walking into town can sometimes work, if they are physically capable, and it is great for health. There are also community buses for the elderly.

          • Michael J. Sumner

            i feel sorry 4 your granny and your argument
            is sound. i just don’t like a bunch of spineless shadow lurkers attacking the
            old lady and saying things like she is a moron, a menace, a brain dead zombie,
            an idiot and stupid. do u think that’s the way to talk to or about old people?
            do u think any of those shadow lurkers would say those insults to her face on
            film in public???

      • youthful

        wow you really have your way with words…Not sure if you just cant read…but i did say i am not trying to be disrespectful…this is a place of discussion.. not bullying…i stated my opinion, as i am a nurse and have studied and seen firsthand how ageing can affect vision, movement and mental processes…have a skim read of the QLD transport senior driving page… and i am in full support of picking on the government where appropriate..

  • Michael J. Sumner

    so nobody has ever made an error on the roads and
    everyone is perfect? so critical and judgemental of a poor old lady. u all jump
    on the media bandwagon and attack a defenceless old lady that just made an error
    and DID not hurt anyone. while our government and corporations rape and pillage
    and this is what u r critical of?… u r all pathetic 2 faced media drones and u
    discuss me with you lack of empathy, understanding and compassion.

    • new to caps

      your capitalisation makes it look like she did hurt someone.

      • It hurt my pocket.

        The car needs to be removed. Which involves equipment, labour cost, etc…which wasn’t necessary is she knew where to drive. Cost for all of that isn’t going to be paid by the lady, so it comes out of tax payer’s pocket. Guess what, our pockets did get hurt.

        At max she will be given a $88 fine like the other lady who made an illegal U-turn and hit a tram on Queen Street.

        • Michael J. Sumner

          no u are incorrect! her insurance that she’s been paying out for the last 60 years is paying for it… don’t u even check these things b4 posting stupid comments that are just pain wrong?!!!

          • raising an eyebrow

            You said you don’t this woman, then how can you claim that she had been paying her insurance for the last 60 years… or even if she has been paying or not?

          • Michael J. Sumner

            it’s call 3rd party property insurance & it
            comes with ALL car registrations… some people are so absolutely thick it
            always amazes me how u r willing to show that stupidity in public, lol. but then
            again u do hide behind fake profiles and make comments from the shadows.

          • Wassa

            Sorry Michael your wrong, the insurance that is included
            with your registration is 3rd party personal not property, that
            means it pays for people that are hurt in an accident, it wont pay a cent for
            this.

          • Michael J. Sumner

            wassa u r right, so i called her hairdresser and she does have full compreshensive insurance so it won’t cost us a cent.

          • Alanna

            Michael, please stop talking before you make yourself look any worse. You continuously outright insult others which is just not on, mate. What is the point in calling others stupid, when you yourself have not done your research into what 3rd party insurance actually covers?
            Additionally, she could have serious hurt someone, which I believe is the point.

      • It hurt my pocket.

        The car needs to be removed. Which involves equipment, labour cost, etc…which wasn’t necessary is she knew where to drive. Cost for all of that isn’t going to be paid by the lady, so it comes out of tax payer’s pocket. Guess what, our pockets did get hurt.

        At max she will be given a $88 fine like the other lady who made an illegal U-turn and hit a tram on Queen Street.

      • Michael J. Sumner

        no that’s just your stupidity ;)

      • Michael J. Sumner

        no that’s just your stupidity ;)

    • new to caps

      your capitalisation makes it look like she did hurt someone.

  • Michael J. Sumner

    so nobody has ever made an error on the roads and
    everyone is perfect? so critical and judgemental of a poor old lady. u all jump
    on the media bandwagon and attack a defenceless old lady that just made an error
    and DID not hurt anyone. while our government and corporations rape and pillage
    and this is what u r critical of?… u r all pathetic 2 faced media drones and u
    discuss me with you lack of empathy, understanding and compassion.

  • Jilly Andersen

    Geez, someone’s emotional!

    • Peter

      It’s Michaels time…..

      • Michael J. Sumner

        thank u peter, such a gentleman :)

  • Jilly Andersen

    Geez, someone’s emotional!

  • Rodney Southall

    Sometimes when one person creates signage they don’t see it (or drive it) from someone else’s view. Late on Monday night they were doing roadwork on the “Sundale” bridge & it was down to 1 lane each way. Very hard to see markings. At the last minute, as I come to the intersection of SeaWorld Drive I saw a policeman in front of me, stopping the traffic. He had a silver reflective vest, carrying a torch, but not turned on. I couldn’t see him because he blended into the spotlight behind him. When I stopped I stuck my head out the window & told he that he can’t be seen. He said “well everyone else has”. I was only telling him for his safety. If I hadn’t seen him in that split second I would be the unfortunate person who ran over a cop !!! Then imaging the comments ……. he was in a fluro vest ???? He didn’t want to hear my comment. I expected to hear news next morning that a policeman had been run over, and it wouldn’t have surprised me.

    • Sidds

      Agree with you.

      Other day saw a policeman stopping speeders on Smith St..just as it enters the Smith St. Motorway…so a 80 zone turning to a 100 zone. The policeman was checking speed via his radar…then walking to the middle of the road to flag the cars down..without wearing any safety fluro vest at 6pm. What if one of those speedsters wanted to do a runner? It’s a single lane where he was stopping the cars. Slowed down and told him that he couldn’t be seen from up the crest and it could be dangerous. Was told, “That’s the point.”
      Sigh. :

    • Sidds

      Agree with you.

      Other day saw a policeman stopping speeders on Smith St..just as it enters the Smith St. Motorway…so a 80 zone turning to a 100 zone. The policeman was checking speed via his radar…then walking to the middle of the road to flag the cars down..without wearing any safety fluro vest at 6pm. What if one of those speedsters wanted to do a runner? It’s a single lane where he was stopping the cars. Slowed down and told him that he couldn’t be seen from up the crest and it could be dangerous. Was told, “That’s the point.”
      Sigh. :

  • Rodney Southall

    Sometimes when one person creates signage they don’t see it (or drive it) from someone else’s view. Late on Monday night they were doing roadwork on the “Sundale” bridge & it was down to 1 lane each way. Very hard to see markings. At the last minute, as I come to the intersection of SeaWorld Drive I saw a policeman in front of me, stopping the traffic. He had a silver reflective vest, carrying a torch, but not turned on. I couldn’t see him because he blended into the spotlight behind him. When I stopped I stuck my head out the window & told he that he can’t be seen. He said “well everyone else has”. I was only telling him for his safety. If I hadn’t seen him in that split second I would be the unfortunate person who ran over a cop !!! Then imaging the comments ……. he was in a fluro vest ???? He didn’t want to hear my comment. I expected to hear news next morning that a policeman had been run over, and it wouldn’t have surprised me.

  • Peter

    Michael, Michael, Michael,,,,,,,,,,

    You are a tool………..

    • Michael J. Sumner

      peter u can hide behind fake profiles
      and lurk in the shadows but until u show yourself it’s u that r the tool &
      the fool… & u r also very repetitive which means that u r also a twit of a
      human with no balls or backbone or anything contributory to say. thanks 4 your
      brilliant input, lol

    • Michael J. Sumner

      very repetitive peter is that all u have?, lol. well
      u hide in the shadows with a fake hidden profile like the tool and fool u r. u have no backbone which is why u hide yourself and pick on old ladies.

  • Michael J. Sumner

    lol

  • Michael J. Sumner

    so what r u saying… it’ wasn’t possible??? lol

    • Toby

      OMG STFU!!! Your a tool, now get the fuck out.

      • Michael J. Sumner

        toby, can’t u take the heat, lol. and u start
        swearing… your stupid post will be deleted. & NO i won’t, or r u going to
        make me, lol

  • Dean Rees

    Dead set brain dead moron who needs her keys thrown away and a hefty fine.

    • Michael J. Sumner

      u r reflecting dean, big tough guy picking on old ladies… what a man!

      • Adam Anthony

        I think you mean “projecting”

  • b

    If the signage is so hard to see michael, how come there hasn’t been more people driving 600m along the tracks?

    • Michael J. Sumner

      how would i know? but i can show u a 1000 videos on youtube where young drivers have gotten their cars into much worse positions.

      • youtube fan

        Yes please. Link me.

        • Michael for PM

          Don’t challenge Michael. Check his FB page. Under education he says he doesn’t need schooling, because he has Google. He will beat us all with his elite Google skills. :|

          • youthful

            i saw that too….hold up guys i think we’re punching above our weight here arguing with this guy…

        • Michael J. Sumner

          i think u know the you tube link :)

  • b

    Not to mention the fact of how the car is sitting?!

  • LOL

    Another incompetent elderly driver. Only reason there was no injuries is that she crashed (and I’m sure the vehicle underbody will have some damage) into light rail tracks – not an area with people (or a tram today).
    And travelling that distance shows seriously impaired driving and decision making ability.

    Once again – proof that regular licence testing needs to occur for those over (say) 75. Sounds like a good area for scientific research – as to the age threshold and the frequency, needing to consider onset period of conditions like dementia.
    Another aspect would be to put a positive onus onto medical practitioners who provide medical licence certifications – to make them liable in cases where they certify a driver as fit – and giving them a power to withdraw their certification on a range of reasons (such as – medical grounds, or, no longer a patient) which then means a letter would be issued stating licence will be cancelled in 14 days unless proof is provided they are still fit and competent.

    • Michael J. Sumner

      can’t wait till u r old LOL, u may change your tune
      when u get there… have u discussed this with any older people that drive to
      get their side? glad i don’t live in your world or no one would be able to do
      anything without a medical certificate. u make a resalable argument but forget
      about the human factor. we are not robots and nobody is perfect. this was a
      minor but sensational error and the street signs and fencing and road works changes every day
      there so to me living here very understandable what happened to her.

      • youthful

        so you would rather put the elderly in danger by letting them have their licences whilst they MAY be impaired… i think the HUMAN factor comes down to letting them STAY human, for a little while longer…not ending up in a crumpled car off the side of a bridge ey?

        • Michael J. Sumner

          so u want a real discussion now and not just
          dumping on an old lady? sure there should be testing BUT the car was NOT in any
          way crumpled nor was it off the side of a bridge… lets deal with the facts
          & not made up sensational claims that r simply a lie in order 2 promote your
          argument.

    • Scott

      Well said. /thumbsup

  • Gregg O’Grady

    Just another example of the type of person who should be riding on the light rail in the first place..

    • Michael J. Sumner

      maybe so but that also goes for about 50% of all drivers, lol

  • oof

    Michael sheriff of Twatingham…

    • Michael J. Sumner

      i haven’t been there, i that where your family is from? ;)

  • Michael and his Mum

    Alright Michael, it’s time for you to tell us. We all know it was your mum.

    • Michael’s fan #1

      Check the link on Couriermail posted few comments below. I think the ‘unknown guy’ in blue shirt is Michael. :P
      You look hot Michael, can we go out on a date? I would love to hear more of your life’s philosophy.

      • Michael and his Mum

        It can’t be Michael, he was too busy sitting at home on his computer commenting on meaningless news feeds all day.

        • Michael J. Sumner

          that’s correct i work online, make a fortune and do what i want regardless of how many bullies want to have a go… it’s just all fun 4 me & i will always defend the picked on especially when it’s a lil old lady :)

          • parker

            go defend brett peter cowan

          • learn the rules

            too far.

          • Michael J. Sumner

            go and defend yourself u psycho
            moron. only a complete nutter would equate the 2 matters and think what he did
            is defensible. u r a sick twisted puppy parker!

          • micheal

            I doubt you make a fortune if you spell and act like a 13 year old.

          • Michael J. Sumner

            owch that hurst sooo muche that a twit idiott online thiks i spel bad… lol. u r what i call a peeon with no opinion that waves in the wind with whatever the majority r saying. another drone clone with no mind and no critical analytic abilities.

      • Michael J. Sumner

        no i’m just me and always say who i am before i make a comment. sure send me your number and u can take me out to dinner ;)

    • Michael J. Sumner

      lol… don’t know her from a bar of soap but many people like to attack her when she can’t defend hereslef & i think that is weak.

  • scott

    How dare someone so obviously impaired drive on the same roads that I drive on with my children.

    • Michael J. Sumner

      don’t drive your children on the road then as there
      are about 2mill bad drivers on our roads and 10s of 1000s of accidents each
      year, it’s a very dangerous place and i think this lil old lady is the least of
      your worries.

  • Dazza

    Michael just loves to oppose everyone, I doubt he actually has a heartfelt opinion about anything except for the icing on his doughnut,
    But I guess Michael is correct in supporting this elderly person as he has an exstensive knowledge of the area where this occurred,
    And I can see how you wouldn’t even question the fact that no one else is useing this convenient short cut around the busy morning traffic, that you couldn’t miss banked up in the left field of your vision as you carry on along on your own hwy with metal rails protruding from the surface

    • Michael J. Sumner

      yes that’s rite i love to fight and love to bully bullies and u know nothing of my opinions u r just making up crap. & yes that’s rite I live at main beach 500mtrs from that incident.
      who cares what u think dazza. yes she made an error but dos NOT deserve to be called an idiot, stupid, brain dead, moron or a zombie. I have ONLY insulted those that insulted her first.

      • alex.freeman81

        I’m starting to think your the old lady that got the train tracks and the road mixed up Michael j Sumner

      • Jayzzz

        She drove that far on a tram track without stopping. If she knew she and kept driving then shes an idiot. if she didn’t know she was on the tracks and managed to get that far then she’s even more of an idiot

  • Rodzilla

    i reckon if this driver is old then she deserves a fucking medal. Anyone that can drive 600 metres on the tram tracks like that is fucking awesome and has talent. You should all try it sometime, i bet you can’t beat 600 metres

  • Diane

    I’m a 61 year old driver and have a sticker on the back of my car, which says, Sorry I’m going so slow in front of you. Not because I’m a slow driver, but for the tailgaters. I always drive to the speed limit or a tad over. My Mum is 89 and still drives, and is a very compentant drivers. No way she putt putts down the highway. Followed her one day and could hardly keep up with her lol

  • Michael J. Sumner

    ok i’m out, i’ve made my point. anyone
    that insulted this old lady & called her names is a spineless wimp with no
    backbone. i challenge ANY of those posters below to call the old lady those
    names to her face on video in public. NO TAKERS? that’s right, hide behind your
    fake profiles and keyboards and then spew out the insults and pick on a lil old
    defenceless lady. u r pathetic and i will be glad to say that to your faces on
    video in public! (now lets see how many of the spineless shadow posters have a
    go at me when they know my back it turned).

    • Adam Anthony

      That lady is a poor driver

      • Missing Michael

        A poor driver, indeed.

        • Michael J. Sumner

          yes she is a bad driver :)

  • Michael J. Sumner

    i run nothing, am not a herro & we don’t want u here :)

  • PR

    How did she manage to make it that far?

  • agree with michael

    I agree with michael all the way, calling old ladies a bunch of names is low class. I think there is something mentally wrong with you people.

  • Darkkness

    what a noob!

  • Rob Waide

    There must be video… the Fast and the Elderly?

  • taxpayer

    They think they are funny she knew what she was doing and it would have been deliberate. Charge her and toss her in gaol. She should be ordered to pay all costs. I hope the insurance does not help. I hope the licence was taken from her immediately.