Driver airlifted after being impaled by pole
The Sunshine Coast based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked to an unusual situation on Saturday evening after a man was impaled by a pole after running off the side of a road in his vehicle north of Gympie.
The male driver, in his mid twenties, had been driving along a rural road when his vehicle left the road and drove over a pole which flicked up and punctured the floor of the car and penetrated the seat as well as the driver.
The driver continued for about another 150 metres before stopping. The RACQ LifeFlight Critical Care Doctor and Flight Intensive Care Paramedic worked very closely with both local Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews on the best way to free the patient.
It took over an hour and half for the patient to be released and for the pole to be suitably reduced from the patient before he was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a serious but stable condition.