Local man tried to save cricket star after car accident on remote road

The 46-year-old overturned the vehicle on Hervey Range Road, about 50 km from Townsville, around 11 pm yesterday, police said.

Waylon Townson heard the crash and ran to help.

Waylon Townson heard the crash and ran to help.
Waylon Townson heard the crash and ran to help. (Nine)

At the time, he was unaware that the victim was the star of cricket.

“He was stuck there, so I tried to pull him out,” he told 9News.

“(I) started doing CPR and checked his pulse, but I didn’t get much of a response.”

Another local who lived nearby came over this morning to drop off a beer and some flowers for the big all-rounder.

Police said they still don’t know what caused the accident.

Former Australian cricket captain Mark Taylor said it was “another tragic day for cricket” following the recent deaths of Shane Warne and Rod Marsh.

Sydney Morning Herald Chief cricket writer Malcolm Conn said that Symonds, known as Roy, was the “most athletic cricketer he had ever seen”.

“An incredible athlete, an incredible outfielder, brutal with the bat, good with the ball,” he said.

Adam Gilchrist led tributes from other players.

A man described how he tried to save cricketer Andrew Symonds after he crashed his 4x4 in a remote part of North Queensland.
The father of two joined the Australian testing side in 2004. (Nine)

“This really hurts. Think of your most loyal and fun friend who would do anything for you is Roy,” he tweeted,

The father of two joined the Australian testing side in 2004.

Outside of cricket, he loved fishing with his friends and son Billy.

His wife Laura said, “We’re still in shock.”

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