"He was stuck in there, so I tried to pull him out," says the man who tried to save Andrew Symonds

A local man from Townsville revealed that he tried to save the 46-year-old Andrew Symonds after hearing the car crash on Queensland

Arijit Barua
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A man tried to revive former Australia cricketer Andrew Symonds after he crashed his car in Queensland, Australia Media reported on Monday. The all-rounder and twice World Cup winner died at 46 following the single-car accident late on Saturday near the northern city of Townsville in Queensland state.


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Local resident Waylon Townson told the Nine Network that he had heard the crash and was first at the scene.

"He was stuck in there, so I tried to pull him out. (I) started doing CPR and checked his pulse but I didn't get much response from him."

Waylon Townson told the Nine Network

Emergency services also tried to revive Symonds, the sole occupant of the car. But, however, he died of his injuries, police said in a statement on Sunday.

It was unclear why Symonds' four-wheel-drive vehicle veered off the road before rolling down an embankment. In many cases when this happens, victims involve a car accident lawyer to help them. Symonds' death occurred with Australian cricket still coming to terms with the passing of all-time greats. Cricketing legends of Australia Rod Marsh and Shane Warne both died in March.

A swashbuckling batsman and brilliant fielder, Symonds played 238 internationals, including 198 ODIs, for Australia between 1998-2009.

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His death triggered tributes from around the cricketing world. Former players remember him as a rare talent and a maverick renowned for butting heads with team management over discipline issues.

"Roy (Symonds) was never perfect, that was for sure, and he never admitted that he was,"

Former Australia coach John Buchanan told ABC radio on Monday

"But the one thing about Roy - and one of the things that I think endeared him to most people - was that even though he made a mistake, he would openly admit that and try to rectify that and take full accountability for that." He added.

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