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Man airlifted after severing fingers in sawmill accident

A 68-year-old Maranoa man has been airlifted from a small South-West Queensland township after severely injuring himself in a sawmill accident earlier today.

The man was working on a small circular saw at a sawmill in Mungallala, approximately 140 kilometres west of Roma, when the accident occurred.

It is believed he severed several fingers on his right hand.

CareFlight's Roma-based Surat Gas Aero-Medical Service (SGAS) helicopter was activated to fly to the scene at 7.35am, and arrived at 8.40am.

The man was in the care of Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics when CareFlight arrived. Both medical crews worked together to load the patient onto the helicopter.

Due to the extent of the man's injuries, the decision was made to fly him to Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital for treatment. He travelled in a stable condition.

Had the 615 kilometre trip been attempted by road, the retrieval would have taken over 7 hours. Given CareFlight's presence in the region, the patient was able to reach hospital significantly quicker.