CRASH CHARGES: Police allege lone learner had toddler in car
A YOUNG Hervey Bay mother, who crashed with her toddler in the back seat, has been charged with driving offences.
The 18-year-old learner licence holder was driving with her 14-month-old child when she allegedly veered off the road and rolled on the Bruce Highway at Torbanlea about 2.40pm on July 15.
Images captured show just how lucky the two are to have escaped with their lives.
The crash also prompted a warning from the man who is called to crash scenes when people aren't so lucky.
Wide Bay Forensic Crash Unit Sergeant Glenn Rusten said police were could only do so much and people were responsible for their own actions.
"It is frustrating because there is so much media advertising and money poured into road safety to try and prevent tragedies but people just don't listen," he said
"We would prefer to be there to intercept people when they are doing the wrong thing to correct their behaviour than pick up pieces when things go wrong.
"Learner drivers don't have the skills or experience necessary to cope with the situation and when you don't have those skills things go very wrong, very quickly.
"People should stop think about consequences in worst-case scenario, if this young woman had injured someone or her passenger would she ever be able to forgive herself?"
A Howard Police spokesman confirmed the mother and child escaped with only minor injuries and were transported to Hervey Bay Hospital.
The northbound lane of the Bruce Hwy was closed for more than an hour while the crash was investigated.
The woman has been charged with driving without due care and attention and driving as an unaccompanied learner driver.