Traffic banked up after car crashes into tree along M1 off ramp

Emergency services have rushed to Gaven this morning, following reports a car crashed into a tree then went up in flames.

It happened along the Smith Street off-ramp near exit 66 around 7.15 am, with paramedics and fire crews called to the scene.

The driver had luckily managed to get out of the vehicle before it reportedly went up in flames.

Critical care paramedics assessed a patient briefly at the scene, before taking them to hospital for further treatment.

They’re understood to be in a serious but stable condition.

Motorists are being warned of delays in the area if they’re driving northbound towards the Smith Street motorway.

Emergency services are still at the scene.

Car takes out light pole along major Gold Coast road

Police are investigating a car crash on the Gold Coast this morning, which took out a light pole along a major road.

Emergency services were called to Ferry Road in Southport, between Benowa Road and Lupus Street just after 4.00 am, following reports of the incident.

On arrival, they discovered that a Hyundai i30 had hit a light pole on the median strip causing it to fall over and smash all over the road.

A 22-year-old woman from Reedy Creek was assessed briefly at the scene, before being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital for further treatment.

The smashed light pole affected three lanes of traffic, mainly in the northbound direction for some time before 5.00 am.

The debris was mostly cleaned up by 5.00 am but some southbound lanes were still closed off for service vehicles.

Police have confirmed that investigations are continuing this morning.

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State govt to text Queenslanders urging them to get vaccinated

The Queensland government is ramping up its vaccine campaign, to try and get more jabs in arms.

Queenslanders will soon receive a text urging them to get vaccinated before another outbreak hits the state.

It comes amid the latest figures showing we’re lagging behind all the other states and territories in the rollout, with just over 50 per cent of people receiving their first dose.

We’d need to be achieving 70 and 80 per cent national and state-based rates before more restrictions can ease according to the national plan.

Queensland’s supply of Pfizer will soon be boosted with another 435,000 doses on their way from the Commonwealth this month.

The state government insists now is the time for all Queenslanders to be registering for appointments if they haven’t already.

It’s understood a new advertising campaign is also in the works and will be released later this month.

As more doses become available, more pop-up clinics will open around the state as well, targeting regions with lower vaccination rates.

Screwdriver-wielding thief steals cash and car keys from Gold Coast shop

An armed robber is on the run this morning, after attempting to steal cigarettes from a shop on the Gold Coast that didn’t have any.

Early investigations indicate the man entered the store along Dreamworld Parkway in Coomera just after 4.30 pm.

He whipped out a screwdriver and threatened the 25-year-old male store attendant demanding cash and cigarettes.

While he was able to steal an undisclosed amount of cash from the till he wasn’t able to get the cigarettes due to the store not having any.

So the man then pinched the attendant’s keys and made off with his car, a 2007 Toyota Camry. It was last seen heading north on the M1.

No injuries were reported and investigations are continuing.

National Cabinet to discuss borders, hospital capacity, modelling concerns

It’s set to be a fiery National Cabinet meeting today, as some states begin to peel away from the country’s plan to reopen.

Queensland and Western Australia appear to be the front runners in declaring they can’t begin reopening borders even once we’re at 80 per cent vaccinated.

The Queensland Premier’s stance is now to keep the borders closed until kids under 12 can be vaccinated.

There are also fears that hospital systems in some states actually won’t be able to keep up if the virus is allowed to spread, despite being able to prepare for outbreaks since March 2020.

Hospital capacity, particularly in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, will also be discussed at National Cabinet.

Annastacia Palaszczuk’s also caused a bit of a stir and has been accused of scaremongering over a social media post yesterday, that suggested 2,240 Australians will die each month once we let the virus spread.

“I sympathise with people interstate enduring months of lockdown, but my job is to protect Queenslanders,” she posted to Twitter yesterday.

“That’s what we’ve done since the start of the pandemic and we will continue to do.

“That’s why I’m calling to see detailed modelling so we can give Queenslanders answers.

“If NSW is the model of what lies in store for all of us, then serious discussions are needed.

“Doherty Institute modelling predicts, even with 70% of the population vaccinated, 80 people will die each day six months after the outbreak.

“That’s 2,240 who will die each month,” the posts read.

The Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt then slammed her for misusing modelling, specifically when it comes to the fear for children.

“Serious illness remains extremely rare in children, I also quote ‘even children with serious underlying conditions will mostly only experience a mild illness with covid 19’.

I also quote ‘the single most effective tool to prevent infection in children is to reduce infection in adults’,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said.