LifeFlight airlifts three from fatal crash

The Brisbane and Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters have airlifted a boy, man and a woman from a fatal crash on the Bruce Highway, south of Maryborough this afternoon.

The Bruce Highway was closed in both directions, after several vehicles crashed just after 3pm. Two RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters were called to assist a number of patients. The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) was also in attendance.

The Brisbane-based helicopter transported two patients - a young teenage boy suffering internal, head and neck injuries, and a woman in her 60s suffering abdominal injuries - to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Both were in a serious but stable condition.

The Sunshine Coast-based helicopter transported a man in his 20s with abdominal injuries to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The crash was the second serious motor vehicle accident RACQ LifeFlight Rescue attended in less than five hours.

The Toowoomba-based helicopter was called to a head-on crash on the Burnett Highway this morning, near Kingaroy. An off-duty paramedic was one of the first on the scene. The QAS and Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) were also called to assist.

A woman in her 50s suffered pelvis, back, neck and head injuries. She was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Over the Easter long weekend the Bundaberg and Sunshine Coast-based helicopters have also airlifted four people from Fraser Island, including a woman in her 50s who suffered a hand injury while attempting to use a four-wheel drive winch. She was transported to Hervey Bay Hospital in a stable condition.