Former Bundaberg MP Leanne Donaldson identified as driver in cane train crash
FORMER Bundaberg MP Leanne Donaldson has been identified as the driver of the car that ploughed into a cane train near Bundaberg on Friday.
Ms Donaldson was travelling along Burnett Heads Rd about 11.15am when her car collided with the locomotive, causing three cane bins to derail.
She was trapped inside the hatchback for almost an hour before being taken to Bundaberg Hospital with serious neck and leg injuries.
The Sunday-Mail understands she was later transferred to a Brisbane hospital.
A 57-year-old man who was on the cane train was also transported to Bundaberg Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
An ALP spokeswoman last night said Ms Donaldson was surrounded by family and that they were seeking the upmost privacy at this time.
The former MP, who lost her seat to the LNP’s David Batt following last year’s election, came under fire while in Parliament after she purchased a block of land in Tasmania just 10 months after she quit Cabinet due to unpaid rates and rego bills.
At the time, Ms Donaldson repeatedly apologised over the scandal, attributing it to depression and losing her public service job during the Newman government era.