Press Release -

Lucky escape for quad bike crash victim

The Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has airlifted a patient, crew members say is lucky not to have been critically injured, when his quad bike landed on him after rolling in a steep gully.

The man, aged in his fifties, was riding the quad bike over rugged terrain on his cattle property, south west of Agnes Water, when it flipped and rolled down a steep slope, around 9 o'clock this morning.

He managed to throw himself free as the vehicle was tumbling, but it landed heavily on top of him.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter flew directly to the property.

"It was a very hilly and steep area where he crashed.  We managed to find a safe landing zone as close as possible to the patient, so the flight paramedic could reach him quickly and begin treatment," said RACQ LifeFlight Rescue pilot Frank Bertoli.

The flight paramedic and a Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) crew worked for an hour to stabilise the patient, before he was carried the short distance to the waiting helicopter.

He was reportedly not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

"Given the situation, with the quad bike landing right on top of him, he was very, very lucky," said RACQ LifeFlight Aircrew Officer Chris Jowsey.

The patient was in a serious but stable condition when he was airlifted to the Bundaberg Hospital.