A Singaporean woman was put into an induced coma after she was seriously injured in a road accident near the wine resort town of Margaret River, about 280km south of Perth in Western Australia.
Miss Heidi Ang, 25, was driving a rented Toyota Corolla hatchback when it was involved in an accident with a Nissan Patrol four-wheel-drive at the junction of Metricup Road and Carter Road in Wilyabrup last Friday afternoon.
Also in the car were her former schoolmates from Nanyang Junior College - Mr Lim Zi Jie, 26, who sat next to her in the front, and Miss Huang Huifang, 25, who was in the back seat. They escaped with minor injuries.
They went there on June 21 for a week's holiday - it was their first trip to Perth - and were due to return to Singapore on Sunday.
Only Mr Lim, a National University of Singapore student, and Miss Huang, a consultant, made the return flight as Miss Ang, who works in an engineering company, was still in intensive care at the Royal Perth Hospital.
The accident occurred while they were driving to a nut and cereal shop near Margaret River, which is known as a wine-growing region and a surfing location.
Miss Huang told The New Paper in a phone interview yesterday: "Everything happened too quickly. One moment, I heard Heidi screaming. The next moment, the Nissan crashed into us."
She said the impact of the crash shattered the windows of their car and dented its right side, trapping Miss Ang in the driver's seat.
Miss Huang and Mr Lim were able to get out of the car with minor cuts. Miss Huang also had a sprained shoulder.
"We were scared. Then we realised that Heidi was motionless in the car," she said.
Their friend was barely conscious and moaning in pain.
"Heidi had glass cuts on her face and I saw a trail of blood dripping from her long-sleeved jacket. I was so shocked," Miss Huang said.
An elderly couple who were passing by called for the police and ambulance before tending to Miss Ang by checking her pulse and warming her with a thermal jacket.
Miss Huang also tried talking to Miss Ang to keep her awake even though she could not respond. The police and an ambulance arrived in about 10 minutes.
Miss Ang was trapped in the wrecked vehicle and firefighters had to remove the doors and the roof of the car to rescue her.