Hamilton Island Golf Car Accident: Woman’s Death Sparks Require Safety Warnings

Written by Javed Iqbal

Golf carts should come with warnings against turning sharply, says a leading injury expert after the death of a newlywed woman d. Queensland‘s Hamilton Island.

“Their propensity to overturn is appalling,” Raphael Grzebieta, an emeritus professor at UNSW’s Road Safety Research Unit at the Transport and Road Safety Research Unit, told 7NEWS.com.au about the vehicles.

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“The stability of these vehicles is extremely low. It is equivalent to a heavily overloaded truck.”

Police has been investigating the death of Sydney woman Marina Morgans (nee Hanna) on the island on Monday afternoon.

She was on the buggy driven by her husband for 10 days, Robbie Morgan.

He is believed to have made a U-turn when it overturned, resulting in Marina receiving fatal injuries.

She is not believed to have been wearing a seat belt.

Marina Hanna married Robbie Morgan days before her death in a golf cart crash on Hamilton Island. Credit: Facebook / Instagram

On Wednesday, Hamilton Island resort operators issued a new statement saying guests were encouraged to use golf carts safely.

“A variety of registered vehicle types, including golf carts, serve the island, all in accordance with the Queensland Government’s road rules and requirements,” they said in a statement to 7NEWS.

“These are supported by our highest priority, which is safety and well-being for our guests, residents and staff.

“Golf carts on Hamilton Island, like other vehicles, are equipped with appropriate safety equipment, including seat belts and operating rules.

Golf carts are a major source of transportation on Hamilton Island. Credit: 7NEWS

“Hamilton Island and Queensland Police enforce these rules and regulations and actively encourage all our guests, residents and staff to take safety as a starting point when operating any vehicle on Hamilton Island.

“At this point, our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of the couple who were involved in this tragic accident.

“We continue to work closely with Queensland Police to investigate the incident.”

This is not the first time there has been a serious golf buggy accident on Hamilton Island.

In 2016, a nine-month-old baby suffered a broken leg and a broken wrist, and a ten-month-old suffered a severe laceration and bleeding in the brain.

‘Do not turn hard’

The two infants were among eight people on the buggy.

The circumstances of that accident differ from this week’s where WorkSafe Queensland found that the driver had “been driving on a steep road when the brakes failed, causing the buggy and trailer to drive at increasing speeds”.

“As the buggy approached the bottom of the hill, the driver was unable to make a left turn. The buggy and the trailer hit the concrete gutter on the side of the road, causing it and the trailer to overturn on the driver’s side and collide with a stationary golf buggy, ”the agency said at the time.

But Grzebieta believes that although golf buggy accidents are rare, action can be taken after the recent incident.

“There should be warnings on the vehicle itself. You can insert warnings that say ‘do not turn hard, otherwise the vehicle will overturn,'” he said.

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