Fiona Simpson, 23, was driving from Nanango on the D’Aguilar Highway to her home with her 78-year-old grandmother and 4-month-old daughter when the rain started to roll in.
Ms Simpson said she had not heard the warnings but knew she needed to pull her car over when the rain started getting heavy.
“I wasn’t driving very fast because I couldn’t see very well… I couldn’t see in front of me, I couldn’t even see the line on the road”
She said the next thing she heard was a large bang.
“All this rain starts coming in, and the back window where my daughter was was just open … it’s gone,” she said.
“It was so scary but there was no time to be afraid … It just all happened so fast.”
The quick-thinking mother leapt into the back of her car and acted as a human shield for her baby.
“I looked down and I could see she was screaming but I couldn’t even hear her, that’s how loud it was.”
After another window smashed in the front of the car Ms Simpson moved to try and help her grandmother but both women were pelted with large hail stones.
Once the storm cell passed Ms Simpson drove her badly damaged car to a nearby home and screamed for help before the residents called an ambulance.
Ms Simpson said once paramedics arrived she went into shock and her whole body felt “numb”.
“It wasn’t until I got in the ambulance that I realized that if I didn’t do that she [her baby] could have been seriously hurt or killed, anything could have happened,” she said.
Her grandmother spent the night in Kingaroy hospital after most of the skin from her left arm was shredded while the other was left “completely black” from bruising.
Ms Simpson had significant bruising to most of her body but her daughter had small “bumps” on her.
Despite the terrifying ordeal the mother said she would not hesitate to do the same thing again.
“At the end of the day all that matters is that we’re alive … a car can be replaced and bruises can heal and we’re just all safe right now.
“If you know there is a storm coming just wait it out. We did the right thing, there’s nothing else we could have done I just can’t believe hail could have done that.”