A local man tried to save Andrew Symonds after the car crash

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27: Andrew Symonds of Australia poses with the 1999 and 2003 World Cup trophies during the Australian Cricket team World Cup portrait session at The Hilton Hotel February 27, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

A local man tried to save Andrew after the car crash

Arrived at the scene first, started giving CPR to the former Australian cricketer and checked his pulse but I did not get any encouraging response from him:

Whelan Townson
According to Townsville Australian media reports, a man tried to save former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds after a car accident in Queensland on Saturday night. The late all-rounder and winner of the 2003 and 2007 World Cups died Saturday night at the age of 46 after a car accident near the northern town of Townsville, Queensland.

Local resident Whelan Townson told Nine Network that he heard the crash and was the first to arrive at the scene. “Symonds was stuck in the car so I tried to get him out,” he said. Whelan Townson said he started giving CPR to the former Australian cricketer and checked his pulse but I did not get much response from him.

Earlier, police said in a statement on Sunday that emergency services had tried to rescue Symonds but that he had died of his injuries. It was not clear why Symonds’ four-wheel drive vehicle derailed before it went down the embankment.

Symonds’ death comes at a time when Australian cricket is still reeling from the deaths of greats Rod Marsh and Shane Warren, who died in March this year. Andrew Symonds played 198 ODIs, 46 Tests and 14 Twenty20 Internationals for Australia movers between 1998 and 2009 and was part of the two-time Australian World Champion squad.