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Bad weekend for motor vehicle accidents

RACQ LifeFlight has airlifted another two patients from two separate serious motor vehicle accidents over the weekend, including a mother and three children who had a lucky escape when their car overturned near Beaudesert.

The Toowoomba based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was sent yesterday afternoon to the single vehicle accident at Birnam 15km north-west of Beaudesert on the Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road.

A mother in her early 30s suffered chest injuries after the vehicle she was driving rolled multiple times, eventually coming to rest in a paddock on its side. She was thrown from the vehicle in the accident.

Also in the car were three children under the age of five. All children received only minor injuries and were transported by road to hospital by the Queensland Ambulance Service.

The driver was flown to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

In the second mission yesterday, the Brisbane based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked last night to Ocean View, west of Caboolture, to another serious motor vehicle accident.

The RACQ LifeFlight aeromedical team from the rescue helicopter worked with emergency services who had to free the trapped woman from the vehicle. They treated a 33 year old female patient who had suffered head and chest injuries in the car accident and airlifted her to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The two road accidents followed an off-road accident earlier yesterday where a trail bike rider was airlifted to hospital after he fractured his leg and was forced to camp overnight in Wrattens National Park outside Gympie.

The 47 year old man had been injured in the freakish accident when his bike fell on him when he was trying to move it after after setting up camp on Friday night. He activated his personal emergency beacon which assisted rescue authorities and the LifeFlight crew to easily locate him yesterday morning.

The man was treated by the QAS Flight Paramedic on board and was then airlifted to Bundaberg Base Hospital in a stable condition

2016-17 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,252 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.

LifeFlight is a community-based charity that relies on donations from the public and community support to the LifeFlight Foundation.

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www.lifeflightfoundation.org.au