Crash couple grateful of rescue

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

A Taiwanese couple considered lucky to have escaped from a car crash in Porongurup on Sunday say they will be forever thankful to emergency services and the people who came to their aid.

Howard Fu and partner Grace Chen were injured after Mr Fu lost control of his Subaru sedan on Millinup Road and crashed into a tree.

The couple were visiting the region and on their way to the Granite Skywalk at Castle Rock when the accident occurred about 3.45pm, resulting in Mr Fu suffering a broken leg and wrist and being trapped in the car for two hours.

The couple, who were living in Bunbury and were on a working holiday, were due to travel back to Taiwan this weekend but are expected to remain at Albany Health Campus while Mr Fu continues to recover.

Mr Fu said he required two screws and a rod to be inserted into his right leg, which was fractured in two places.

His partner suffered facial injuries requiring stitches inside her mouth.

Mr Fu said he asked his partner to try to call for help but mobile phone reception in the area was limited and luckily, another motorist passed only minutes later.

He thanked them and emergency services, including St John Ambulance paramedics, Department of Fire and Emergency Services crews, police who came to their aid and the staff at Albany Health Campus for their support.

Former Albany man and Perth resident Richard Lea, who was first on the scene, said he was going for a drive in the area when he came across the crash.

Mr Lea and other occupants of his car stopped and assisted the couple and tried to call triple-0 but also encountered troubles with phone reception.

“We were there within five minutes of it happening and it was about 45 minutes until emergency services arrived,” he said.

“No one else came past.

“He was in a bad way.

“He wasn’t sure if he was going to make it or not.

“He was in a lot of pain.”

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