Category Motoring

Teens stuck 35m in the air on carnival ride in Victoria

Traumatised teenagers were stuck on a carnival ride, 35m in the air for three hours. One of the girls said she feared her harness would come loose and she'd crash to the ground from the ride, at the event in Victoria's west. Millie Creswell, 15, said had to be convinced to get on the ride at a Waurn Ponds carnival in Geelong. READ MORE: Protests against vaccine mandates continue across Australia "I've always been really scared of rides," she said. "But I went on it after a bit of convincing from my friends." But Millie and her friend Taylah Drake ended stranded for more than three hours, four storeys above the ground. READ MORE: 'He died doing what he enjoyed doing the most': Search called off for 57-year old attacked by shark "It was scary, there was all like these creaks, you could hear all the bolts," Taylah told 9News. Millie said she feared her harness would come undone and she would fall. The girls' other friends waited below, and phoned their parent..

Flash flooding wreaks havoc across Melbourne’s south-east

Flash flooding wreaked havoc across Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs last night, with streets turning to rivers from Clayton to Dandenong. There were more than 300 calls made to the SES, including 50 in the Springvale, Mulgrave and Keysborough area. A number of motorists had to be rescued after their vehicles became trapped in flood waters. READ MORE: Victorian health system still under major stress, premier admits https://twitter.com/NearyTy_9/status/1457229673268613121Owners of a BP service station in Mulgrave tried to save their equipment as waves lapped the business. Operator Ayush Tyagi said the incident was "pretty crazy". "At first it felt a bit unreal," he said. "Especially when you work at a service station you have that fear of a potential leak of fuel, so, yeah we were scared." https://twitter.com/BOM_Vic/status/1457138719077580802The heavy rainfall and hail even led to water seeping into Chadstone Shopping Centre, where shoppers were seen jumping in puddles indoors. W..

Oil tanker explodes in Sierra Leone, killing at least 98

An oil tanker truck exploded near Sierra Leone's capital, killing at least 98 people and severely injuring dozens of others after large crowds gathered to collect leaking fuel, officials and witnesses said on Saturday. The explosion took place late on Friday (local time) when the tanker collided with another truck as it was pulling into a gas station near a busy intersection in Wellington, just east of the capital of Freetown, according to the National Disaster Management Agency. "Both drivers came out of their vehicles and warned community residents to stay off the scene while trying to address a leakage emanating from the collision," the agency said. READ MORE: Eight killed in crowd crush at Houston music festival In this deeply impoverished country, however, crowds still rushed in to scoop up the fuel, witnesses said. It was not immediately known what caused the leaking fuel to ignite but a massive explosion soon followed. Video obtained by The Associated Press showed a giant f..

Woman killed in cliff fall north of Sydney

A woman has died after falling from a cliff north of Sydney. The accident happened in Berowra Heights, near Hornsby, with the woman falling around 10m while abseiling down a cliff. Other climbers have also been rescued. READ MORE: Twin girls killed in NSW house fire https://twitter.com/FRNSW/status/1457171350309593096?ref_src=twsrc%5EtfwNSW Police, Ambulance and Fire and Rescue were called. Fire and Rescue NSW said on twitter they were working with paramedics to help a lady who had fallen in bushland near Wideview Rd. More to come...

Restrictions extended in Darwin

No new known cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the Northern Territory today yet Greater Darwin's lockout has been extended for a further 24 hours. The lockout, which stops all movement in and out of Darwin and requires people not vaccinated against COVID-19 to live under lockdown conditions, will now end at midnight tomorrow instead of tonight. The area of Katherine, which was plunged into lockdown at midnight on Thursday, is set to move into the same kind of 'lockout' as Darwin is experiencing from 3pm today. READ MORE: Victorian health system still under major stress, premier admits Chief Minister Michael Gunner today said, "If all goes well, Katherine will then exit the lockout with Darwin at Midnight tomorrow". Mr Gunner said things were looking up for the territory. "We are in a much better position than we were in yesterday," he said. Mr Gunner said the source of the three known cases of COVID-19 in the territory, which led to Katherine's lockdown, had b..

Iraqi Prime Minister survives drone assassination attempt

Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi escaped an assassination attempt on Sunday after an explosive-laden drone targeted his residence, the country's military said. Al-Kadhimi went on to Twitter moments after the attack and called for "calm and restraint from everyone". "Thank God, I am fine and among my people," he tweeted on his official account. READ MORE: Eight killed in crowd crush at Houston music festival "I was and still am a redemption project for Iraq and the people of Iraq. The missiles of treachery will not discourage the believers and will shake a hair of the stability and determination of our heroic security forces to preserve people's security, achieve justice and set the law in place," he tweeted. The Iraqi military said afterward that Al-Kadhimi was unharmed and in good health, and that security forces were "taking the necessary measures in connection with this failed attempt." READ MORE: Knife attack on German train severely injures three people A so..

Discounts on offer for meals eaten in Melbourne CBD midweek

Diners eating out in Melbourne CBD from Monday to Thursday will soon be able to claim back up to 30 per cent of their bill as the government seeks to help city traders hit by lockdowns. Premier Daniel Andrews and Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp have announced a $5 million voucher scheme for diners in Melbourne CBD as part of a $44 million package to help businesses in the CBD and boost weekday foot traffic. The 'Midweek Melbourne Money' discount scheme will begin on Monday, November 15 and will apply to all restaurants, cafes and bars where meals are served across Melbourne City, which includes Lygon Street, North Melbourne, Southbank, South Wharf and Docklands. READ MORE: Sydney woman wins $1 million vaccination lottery prize It will allow diners to to claim 30 per cent back on their bill when they spend between $50 and $500 in Melbourne's cafes, restaurants and bars between Monday and Thursday. The scheme will continue until the $5 million allocated run out. The state ..

Protests against vaccine mandates continue across Australia

Hundreds of protesters demonstrating against mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations have gathered in western Sydney as part of nation-wide rallies. NSW Police say the 'Reclaim The Line' rally involving hundreds of demonstrators at Parramatta today was proceeding peacefully. Protesters formed a long line along the banks of the Parramatta River and held anti-vaccine placards with messages such as 'No mandatory vaccine'. READ MORE: Sydney woman wins $1 million vaccination lottery prize New South Wales today recorded 244 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death related the virus one day before the state enjoys a new raft of freedoms. To date, 93.9 per cent of eligible residents in NSW have had one dose of COVID-19 vaccine while the state's full vaccination rate is now at 89.7 per cent. Anti-vaccine demonstrations are also being held in Adelaide and on the Gold Coast today. They follow large anti-vaccination and lockdown protests in Melbourne and Darwin yesterday. Mo..

Liberal MP Tim Smith to quit politics over drink-driving crash

Liberal MP Tim Smith has decided to end his career in politics following his drink-driving incident last week. Mr Smith emailed the members of his seat of Kew yesterday to announce that, "in the best interests of the Party", he would not be standing for reelection. The decision has come after Mr Smith refused to announce he was leaving politics on Wednesday, following Opposition Leader Matthew Guy telling Mr Smith he should not nominate for the seat of Kew again. READ MORE: Victorian Opposition Leader asks Tim Smith not to nominate at next election Mr Smith's said in his email to constituents that his decision was influenced by Mr Guy's opinion. "In view of the response by the Leader of the Opposition, I believe it is in the best interests of the Party that I do not contest the next election in Kew," the statement read. It further read: "Last Saturday I made a terrible error. It was my mistake and my mistake alone." "I have been deeply touched by the encouragement I have rece..