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School holiday plea after family of four airlifted from fiery crash

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue is pleading with motorists to take extra care when driving these school holidays with its helicopters having been tasked to the scene of six motor vehicle accidents since Monday. 

The most recent saw the Bruce Highway, west of Bundaberg, become a landing pad for both the Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters. 

The two aeromedical teams worked on a family of four who had been seriously injured in the horror crash. 

A mother and her young son were airlifted by the Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter to Bundaberg Hospital.

On aboard the Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was the father and the boy's twin brother.

The boy was airlifted to the Bundaberg aeromedical base where he was then transported via road to Bundaberg hospital while his father was flown to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital due to the severity of his injuries. 

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Chief Operating Officer Brian Guthrie said the past week serves as a timely reminder to all holiday-goers the importance of road safety.

"It's been an extremely busy week for our aeromedical crews, and with thousands of drivers expected to hit the road over the coming weeks, we are pleading with motorists to be more vigilant," Mr Guthrie said. 

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the ‘Fatal 5’ must be at the forefront of our minds before we consider getting behind the wheel. 

“It’s vital motorists never drive while tired or if they’re affected by drugs or alcohol and avoid distractions like the mobile phone," Ms Ross said. 

“Don’t speed and make sure every person in your car is wearing a seat belt or suitable child restraint.”

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue is also urging parents to remind their young ones to be cautious when out and about these school holidays. 

Recent statistics reveal the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters have airlifted 174 patients aged 18 years old or younger since the start of the year: that's 19 more than the same time last year. 

"As beaches and parks become a hive of activity, it's important for youngsters to not become complacent when venturing," Mr Guthrie said.