LifeFlight called to two crush accidents within hours

A man in his 60s was involved in a tractor accident this morning before a second man aged in his teens was also injured after he was pinned underneath a car in a separate incident.

The Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked to assist at a property in the Mount Maria region at around 9.45am this morning.

It’s understood a 66-year-old man was working with a tractor on the side of a dam when the farming equipment rolled, pinning him underneath.

LifeFlight Pilot Peter Marris said the man was in a stable condition but suffered serious injuries to his chest, arm, wrist and hand as a result of the accident.

“A man working with a second tractor saw the accident and quickly rushed to help,” said Mr Marris.

“He was trapped for around three minutes before he was freed,” he said.

Mr Marris explained the witness was able to use the bucket of the second tractor to lift the heavy machinery off the injured patient.

“He’s a very lucky man,” said Mr Marris.

“If there wasn’t someone to get the weight off him so quickly, he may not have survived.”

The patient was treated at the scene and flown to Bundaberg Base Hospital for further treatment.   

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was then called to a second mission at Round Hill near Agnes Water at around 1.20pm; less than one hour after completing their earlier mission.

It’s understood a teenager was helping with the maintenance of a vehicle at a private property when the accident occurred.

Mr Marris said the man was working under the car when it slipped off a car jack and fell onto the man’s chest.   

“He was trapped under the car,” said Mr Marris.

“Two of the patient’s mates were able to lift the car so the guy could free himself from under it.”

“He suffered chest injuries, but due to the nature of the crush accident the full extent of his injuries won’t be known until we get him to hospital,” he said.    

He was airlifted to Bundaberg Base Hospital in a stable condition.