The accident happened on the New England Highway near Crows Nest.
He travelled in a critical but stable condition.
The man’s wife and the driver of the minivan involved were taken by road ambulance to Toowoomba Base Hospital with less serious injuries.
Emergency crews worked for several hours from approximately 9.30 this morning to free the driver of the ute.
One in 10 of all RACQ CareFlight Rescue missions are to treat and airlift patients seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents.