Four people have been taken to hospital after an accident near Canberra saw two vehicles leave the road at speed.
Police say that the crash occurred on the Federal Highway near Bywong close to the intersection with Bungendore Road at around 18:00 on April 29.
Official reports indicate that a sedan and a four-wheel-drive where travelling south along the major roadway towards the Sutton interchange when the two vehicles connected.
Given that the speed limit on the highway is 110 kilometres per hour, any deviation that causes a driver to lose control of their vehicle could have disastrous consequences.
In this case, the 4WD careened to the left before leaving the roadway and rolling over several times before coming to rest – while the sedan took off to the right and ended up in the verge of the dual carriageway.
The male driver of the larger vehicle suffered severe spinal injuries during the incident – likely to have been sustained while the SUV was rolling across the landscape.
In addition, three of his passengers sustained a range of injuries that saw all victims transferred to the nearby Canberra Hospital.
The occupants of the sedan fared more fortunately by comparison – with only one passenger requiring medical attention while the male driver and two other victims managing to escape serious injury.
Emergency services shut down the southbound lanes of the Federal Highway for a number of hours to allow medical personnel to have unrestricted access to the injured parties.
Barriers were kept in place well into the night to give police investigators and forensic examiners the chance to view the scene for evidence as to how the collision came to occur.
All southbound traffic on the highway was transferred across to the northbound lanes during this time, while divers travelling north were diverted to the Old Pacific Highway until the road was reopened for public use.
At this stage the authorities have not indicated if they have found any evidence to believe that any individual involved was to blame for the accident.
A catastrophic injury to the spine can have a debilitating and demoralising effect on a victim's quality of life – depending on the circumstances they may need additional care and treatments to assist with their recovery.
While car accident compensation can assist in providing funds to cover these additional expenses, smaller claims for whiplash or back injuries can also be sought by individuals affected by a motor vehicle collision.