Local man says he tried to save Symonds after single-car accident


Local man says he tried to save Symonds after single-car accidentA day after the tragic demise of former Australia cricketer Andrew Symonds, local Australian media on Monday, 16 May reported that a man tried to revive the two-time World Cup winner in Queensland.

The all-rounder, aged 46, succumbed to his injuries in a single-car accident late on Saturday near the northern city of Townsville in Queensland state.

Waylon Townson, a local resident, told Nine Network that he was the first to arrive at the scene after hearing the crash.

“He was stuck in there, so I tried to pull him out,” Townson said. “(I) started doing CPR and checked his pulse but I didn’t get much response from him,” news agency Reuters quoted him as saying.

Paramedics also tried to revive Symonds, police said in a statement on Sunday. However, it is still to be learned why the former cricketer’s four wheel vehicle veered off the road before rolling down an embankment.

Symonds’ untimely death comes at a time when Australian cricket is still coming to terms with the passing of all-time grears Rod Marsh and Shane Warne, both of whom died in March.

Symonds represented Australia in 238 matches — 198 One-Day Internationals, 26 Tests and 14 Twenty20 Internationals — between 1998-2009. His death triggered tributes from around the cricketing world, with his former teammates and opponents remembering him.