Australian mom suffers horrific bruises while shielding baby during hailstorm


A 23-year-old Australian woman suffered horrific bruises to her body while shielding her infant daughter from hailstones during a freak storm that ripped through her car, The West Australian reported. Simpson used her body to protect her child as hailstones smashed her car windows, the newspaper reported.

>> Read more trending news 

“I’ve learnt my lesson today, NEVER drive in a hail storm!” Fiona Simpson wrote on Facebook.

Simpson, her 4-month old daughter and 78-year-old grandmother were caught in their car when the hailstorm hit near Kingaroy -- located north of Brisbane in southern Queensland -- on Thursday, News.com.au reported.

Simpson pulled her vehicle to the side of the road when heavy rains began to fall. 

"I wasn't driving very fast because I couldn't see very well,” Simpson told the Australian Broadcasting Company. “I couldn't see in front of me, I couldn't even see the line on the road.”

Simpson said she then heard a loud bang.

"All this rain starts coming in, and the back window where my daughter was was just open ... it's gone," she told the ABC.

Simpson jumped into the back seat of the car to protect young Clara.

On Facebook, Simpson described covering her baby and suffering bruises on her back, arms and head.

After a front window was smashed, Simpson moved to help her grandmother but both women were pelted by the stones, the ABC reported.

When the storm passed, Simpson drove her damaged car to a nearby home, where the residents called an ambulance, the ABC reported. Simpson’s grandmother spent the night in the hospital after she suffered cuts to her left arm while her right arm was left "completely black" from bruising, the television station reported.

Clara suffered minor injuries.

Simpson posted Friday on Facebook that she and Clara were “safe at home,” while her grandmother was recovering in the hospital and would be home soon.

“Thank you all for your concern,” Simpson wrote, adding that she had received hundreds of messages, friend requests and telephone calls.


Reader Comments


Next Up in Local

Lebanon man gets 5 years in prison for distribution of child porn
Lebanon man gets 5 years in prison for distribution of child porn

A Lebanon man was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison for possession and distribution of child pornography. Charles Minner, 30, was also classified a Tier II sex offender during a sentencing hearing in Warren County Common Pleas Court. He was arrested after an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation initially focused on...
Medical helicopter requested to reported crash near Troy
Medical helicopter requested to reported crash near Troy

A CareFlight medical helicopter has been requested to a reported single-vehicle crash on South Market Street near Troy Tuesday afternoon.  The crash was reported around 1:20 p.m. in the 1300 block of South Market Street near the Joe Johnson Chevrolet dealership, according to initial reports.  A vehicle reportedly lost control, went off the...
Four guns reportedly stolen from Dayton home
Four guns reportedly stolen from Dayton home

Four guns were stolen from a St. Paul Avenue home, according to a Dayton police report. An officer responded to the 500 block of St. Paul Avenue around 7:30 p.m. Monday. The guns were a Smith & Wesson, a Heritage and two Hi-Point Firearms. The report did not indicate if there were any suspects or how the guns were stolen.
Argument over jacket prompts gunfire in Springfield, police say
Argument over jacket prompts gunfire in Springfield, police say

A Springfield man fired a shot over another man’s head after arguing with him about a jacket, a criminal affidavit says. Anthony Walker Jr., 21, is charged with aggravated burglary in Clark County Municipal Court. He pleaded not guilty and his bond was set at $25,000. MORE: Springfield woman pleads guilty to carrying concealed weapon Springfield...
Young victim confronts Tipp City man in sex case
Young victim confronts Tipp City man in sex case

TROY - A Miami County judge sentenced a Tipp City man convicted of sexual conduct with a minor to three years in prison after the victim said there “is not enough time in the world to make up for the emotional pain” suffered. John Maingi, 38, originally was indicted by a county grand jury on two felony counts of rape and two felony counts...
More Stories