‘Kangaroo started bushfire’

‘Kangaroo started bushfire’

18 November 2009

published by www.brisbanetimes.com.au

Australia– A driver has recounted his shock after a kangaroo set off a chain of events that destroyed his sportscar and sparked a bushfire in the central Queensland town of Coral Cove yesterday.

The man was driving his MG sportscar on Barolin Homestead Road, between Coral Cove and Elliott Heads near Bundaberg, about midday when the kangaroo jumped out in front of him.

“It came over the top of me, and I swerved but I couldn’t miss it,” the driver, who did not want his name published, said.

After hitting the animal, the Coral Cove man pulled over and saw smoke coming from his car.

Witness Gary Sturdy, who stopped to help, said seconds later, the smoking car “just exploded in a big fireball,” sparking a bushfire in nearby scrub that “took off at 100 miles and hour.”

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