Man rescued from burning car
The Toowoomba based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has airlifted an 85-year-old man critically injured in a car accident in Queensland’s Darling Downs region.
The driver was negotiating a winding dirt road north of Crows Nest when his car crashed into a tree at the intersection of Pierces Creek Road and Emu Creek Road, bursting into flames.
Fortunately two army helicopters on night training flights spotted the burning vehicle and called emergency services at around 8pm last night.
The LifeFlight helicopter had difficultly landing close to the scene due to the rough terrain.
A LifeFlight critical care doctor and QAS flight paramedic carrying their equipment climbed through a barbed wire fence and walked 500 metres of bush and dirt road to reach the scene.
When medical crews arrived the man was in a very serious condition and had suffered burns to approximately 50% of his body.
The LifeFlight helicopter was relocated to a paddock that had road access so the patient could be more easily transferred into the helicopter.
The patient was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.
LifeFlight’s Toowoomba base manager Andrew Riches was told a female Army trainee pilot pulled the man from the burning wreckage.
“It was an incredible rescue pulling him out like that. She was very very brave,” said Mr Riches.