Logan Johnston, 17, has credited a dog cage on the back of his Mazda BT50 ute for saving his life after being hit by a kangaroo Wednesday morning.
Logan Johnston, 17, has credited a dog cage on the back of his Mazda BT50 ute for saving his life after being hit by a kangaroo Wednesday morning. Contributed

Teen tells of lucky escape from harrowing crash

DOCTORS were amazed a young man walked away with no injuries after his vehicle rolled four times.

Logan Johnston was driving down Hogans Rd between Pittsworth and Southbrook Wednesday morning on his way to work when the incident unfolded.

The 17-year-old was doing about 60kmh when a kangaroo jumped out from an oat crop, hitting the front of his Mazda BT50 ute.

"It jumped out and hit the front right-hand side of my ute," Mr Johnston said.

"It put me off the road and then I tried to correct it but then just spun out and hit a contour bank and then started rolling."

The only thing that saved him from serious injury or death, he said, was a dog cage on the back of the ute.

"I thought I was trapped in the car at first," he said.

"But I hit the door and it nosed open and managed to get out with no injuries.

"I think the dog cage on the back of my ute saved my life - it was sort of like a roll cage."

Mr Johnston has shared his story in the hope other drivers will be cautious driving along country roads.

The mangled Mazda BT50 ute from which Logan Johnston, 17, walked with no injuries after it rolled Wednesday morning.
The mangled Mazda BT50 ute from which Logan Johnston, 17, walked with no injuries after it rolled Wednesday morning. Contributed

The P-plater is no stranger to driving, having learnt how to control a vehicle when he was a young boy.

He is also familiar with driving on country roads and is cautious of potential hazards including wildlife and livestock.

But the Wednesday morning crash took him by complete surprise.

"When he hit me, I was on a bit of gravel and tried to correct the car," he said.

"I put my left hand down on the steering wheel but just lost control."

Emergency services quickly arrived at the scene of the rollover and Mr Johnston was taken to hospital as a precaution.

"I actually walked away with no injuries," he said.

"I had a bit of a headache afterwards and the doctors said they were really impressed.

"They weren't expecting me to survive."

The lucky escape from the potentially deadly incident prompted Mr Johnston to urge drivers to be cautious on the roads.

"I haven't heard of anything like this happening before, or at least someone surviving a crash like that," he said.

"I just want people to really just be wary of the things on the side of the road and be safe."


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