New Zealand woman's legs crushed in Queensland horror crash
A Golden Bay woman who had the lower half of her body crushed in a horrific truck crash in Australia will require extensive surgery to reconstruct the bones in her legs.
Kasey Causer's kneecaps were shattered and her legs crushed when her food truck collided with the back of a bus on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia on May 11.
Causer, 30, said the road was slippery from the heavy rain the night before, on the morning when the crash happened.
She looked down to turn on the fridge in her food truck as she was approaching a T-intersection. When she looked back up the bus in front of her had indicated too late and had already come to a halt.
"I just smashed into the back of the bus doing about 70kmh – it was like hitting a brick wall. The steering wheel pinned my hips against the seat and all my legs underneath were just mangled," she said.
Causer said no-one came to help her for quite some time, as the bus driver must have been in shock too.
"It was so painful in there. I was just thinking: 'oh my God, get me out of here'."
She was trapped in the truck for almost an hour, fully conscious, before the fire crew cut her out of the vehicle. She was then flown by rescue helicopter to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital for emergency surgery.
She was due to have more in the coming days.
"The first surgery was just to tidy everything up and put the pins in there. The next surgery will basically put my legs back together again."
Causer, who has lived in Australia since 2006, said she expected to be in hospital for at least a month before returning home to Golden Bay to recover.
Her sister, Ella Causer, started a Givealittle page to help her family and friends fly over to support her.
She said their mother, Jonni Causer, who lives in Golden Bay, had flown over to be with her but was finding it expensive and difficult to be in a big city.
It was going to be a "big recovery", Ella said.
"Kasey's also going to need help with medical bills and coming home to recover. She's very lucky to be alive."
Ella said anybody who knew her sister "will know how strong she is and knows she will put up a fight and bounce back, hopefully just in time to become an auntie".
Close friend Hana Walton said Causer was one of the most "motivated, determined and supportive people" she knew.
"I have no doubt she will come out of this even more amazing than she already is."