Scott Morrison has recalled the dramatic moment one of his security cars crashed while driving on his election campaign trail.
The prime minister opened up on the terrifying crash after attending an Easter service at Syndal Baptist Church at Glen Waverley in Melbourne on Good Friday.
Mr Morrison attended the service with Liberal MP Gladys Liu and said he had put his election campaign on hold – out of respect for the religious holiday and the four officers injured in the crash in northern Tasmania on Thursday.
‘We heard the accident right behind us and we obviously feared for the worst,’ he said. ‘Thankfully everybody is okay and in good care.’
‘Easter is a message of hope. So that’s what I hope people can really take out of today and over the course of the weekend, but if you are travelling around of course, please be safe, be careful, particularly if you are on the roads.’
The security car was following the prime minister’s vehicle before it crashed and rolled down a hill off the Bass Highway near Elizabeth Town.
Scott Morrison has recalled the dramatic moment one of his security cars crashed while driving on his election campaign trail
The prime minister opened up on the terrifying crash after attending an Easter service at Syndal Baptist Church at Glen Waverley in Melbourne on Good Friday
The security car was following the prime minister’s vehicle before it crashed and rolled down a hill off the Bass Highway near Elizabeth Town, in northern Tasmania, on Thursday
The images showed at least two of the four officers being treated by paramedics next to the car.
Mr Morrison said one officer had been discharged from hospital and that the four of them were on the mend.
‘It was a terrible accident and a reminder we have to be safe on our roads as we’re moving around,’ he said. ‘I do want to thank everybody for their very kind messages.
‘They’re making a good recovery. The emergency services responded incredibly quickly yesterday, getting there and I want to thank those who were at the scene as well who helped our officers and who went to support as well at that time.
‘So thankfully everyone is doing a lot better but it was obviously a very concerning moment and we obviously suspended campaigning activity.’
Mr Morrison went on to describe the importance of the Easter holiday for him and his family.
‘What happened Good Friday and Easter Sunday means everything to me,’ he said. ‘It’s my faith. It has informed me, encouraged me, guided me over my entire life.
‘It’s how I was raised in my family, in a church just like this one. My brother and I and mum and dad, and Jenny and I are seeking to do the same thing with our own family. Easter is about faith. It’s about hope.
‘It’s about being able to look forward to the future with confidence and encouraged by your beliefs and it’s a very personal thing for me. And I really enjoyed the service this morning.’
Police investigating the crash say a Mitsubishi Triton crashed into the unmarked police car while merging.
The security car then rolled down the embankment and came to a halt on its side.
Mr Morrison attended the Easter service with Liberal candidate Gladys Liu and said he had put his election campaign on hold – out of respect for the religious holiday and the four officers injured in the crash
Mr Morrison said one officer had been discharged from hospital and that the four of them were on the mend
Mr Morrison went on to describe the importance of the Easter holiday for him and his family
‘Initial inquiries indicate that the Triton has collided with the rear of the police vehicle while attempting to merge,’ a Tasmania Police statement said.
Two male Tasmanian police officers and two federal police officers – a man and a woman – were taken to hospital and were conscious when they were transferred.
Mr Morrison pulled out of further events on day four of the election campaign.
In a statement released on Thursday he wished the officers a quick recovery, writing: ‘Our police do an amazing job in keeping us all safe… They are selfless, professional and incredibly generous. I hope to hear further good news about their condition.
‘Jen and I also send our thanks, love and best wishes to them and their families.’
A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: ‘The PM’s follow security vehicle was involved in an accident near Elizabeth Town.
‘The PM is not injured and was not involved in the accident.
‘Two Tasmanian Police officers and two Federal Police officers from the PM’s security detail who were in the follow vehicle have been taken to hospital from the scene for further assessment. All officers were conscious when transferred.
‘It’s how I was raised in my family, in a church just like this one,’ Mr Morrison said as he reflected on the Easter service on Good Friday
The crash happened off the Bass Highway near Elizabeth Town in northern Tasmania
Police investigating say a Mitsubishi Triton crashed into the unmarked police car (pictured) while merging
‘The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.
‘Family members of the officers have been contacted and are being kept informed of their condition.
‘The PM is always extremely grateful for the protection provided by his security team and extends his best wishes for their recovery and to their families.
‘This afternoon’s event has been cancelled.’
Mr Morrison landed in Launceston on Wednesday night. On Thursday he pledged a $220 million package for the forestry industry which employs 73,000 Tasmanians.
The PM said a Liberal-National coalition government would never support shutdowns of native forestry and would instead work with the state government to create permanent timber production sites.
Four police officers were rushed to hospital after Scott Morrison’s security car crashed into another vehicle in Tasmania. Pictured: The PM with Lyons candidate Susie Bower on Thursday
Prime Minister Scott Morrison talks to an employee during a visit to Neville Smith Forest Products
‘The pressures on the building industry and the uncertain international trade situation has made it clear that local wood products and local skills are critical,’ he said.
‘Just ask any tradie who has been trying to get wood products.’
The election commitment includes $100million to establish a national institute for forest products innovation.
A central hub will be built in Launceston along with five centres in other regional areas.
It also includes nearly $113million in grants to fast-track the adoption of new wood processing technologies.
The forestry plan received more than $90million in the 2022/23 federal budget for establishing new plantations and measures to stop illegal timber imports.
Mr Morrison (left) shakes hands with Tasmania’s Premier Jeremy Rockliff on Thursday