RACQ CQ Rescue crews were called to the scene.
RACQ CQ Rescue crews were called to the scene. RACQ CQ Rescue

'He is fighting hard': CQ teen critical after horror crash

UPDATE 4PM: A MORANBAH teenager is fighting for his life in Townsville Hospital after a horror 4WD accident in the mining town on Wednesday evening.

Trent Atto, 17, suffered critical head injuries when he was crushed between two vehicles on a property near the township.

A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman said initial Forensic Crash Unit investigations had revealed that Mr Atto was four-wheel-driving with some friends in an area called The Sands when the incident occurred.

She said the incident occurred after one of the vehicles became bogged and were towed out of the bog.

"The injured person was bending down to hook something up on one of the vehicles," she said.

"He has been crushed when one of the vehicles reversed and has become seriously injured as a result."

About 7.20pm, Mr Atto's friends rushed him to the Moranbah McDonald's on the Moranabah Access Road to meet Queensland Ambulance Services paramedics, who took him under lights and sirens to Moranbah Hospital.

The Mackay-based RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter was tasked to attend about 8pm and with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board, landed on the oval in the township just before 9pm so the flying trauma team could be transferred to the Moranbah Hospital quickly.

A spokesperson for RACQ CQ Rescue said an hour later, the rescue helicopter departed the Moranbah oval with Mr Atto on board in a critical condition and arrived at Townsville Hospital at midnight.

In a message posted to Facebook, Mr Atto's mother Debbie Watson said her son was 'fighting hard'.

"As you are all aware by now our beautiful son Trent Atto has had a very serious accident and is in ICU in a critical condition," she wrote.

"At this stage we ask for privacy for our families. We know there are rumours circulating that he is no longer with us. This is incorrect and he is fighting hard.

"Any updates will come from us please do not believe anything else."

The post has already been flooded with comments from community members offering their support.
 

UPDATE 12PM: THE teenager involved in a freak accident in Moranbah last night has been identified as Trent Atto. 

In a message posted to Facebook, Debbie Watson provided an update on her son's condition.

"As you are all aware by now our beautiful son Trent Atto has had a very serious accident and is in ICU in a critical condition," she wrote.

"At this stage we ask for privacy for our families. We know there are rumours circulating that he is no longer with us. This is incorrect and he is fighting hard.

"Any updates will come from us please do not believe anything else."

The post has already been flooded with comments from the community, offering their support.

UPDATE 9AM: RACQ CQ Rescue have revealed more details about a horror accident that has left a teenager with critical injuries. 

A spokesperson for RACQ CQ Rescue said the crew was tasked about 8pm after the 17-year-old suffered serious head injuries when he was believed to be crushed between two cars, one towing the other, on a property nearby. 

"His friends rushed him to meet the Queensland Ambulance Service at McDonald's on the Moranbah Access Road before he was transferred to Moranbah Hospital," the spokesperson said.

"RACQ CQ Rescue, with a doctor and Critical Care Paramedic on board, landed on the oval in the township just before 9pm so the flying trauma team could be transferred to the Moranbah hospital quickly.

"An hour later, the rescue helicopter departed the Moranbah oval with the teenager on board in a critical condition and arrived at Townsville Hospital at midnight." 

The Mackay-based rescue helicopter flew more than 800km over six hours to transfer the critically ill teen to hospital.

UPDATE 6.40AM:A 17-year-old remains in a critical condition after they were rushed by air to Townsville Hospital last night.

The young man sustained a serious head injury in an incident involving two cars in Moranbah last night. It is understood the the young man was crushed between the two vehicles as one was trying to tow the other. 

A spokesperson for the Queensland Ambulance Service said paramedics were called to a location off Moranbah Access Road at 7.22pm with reports of a vehicle and pedestrian incident which happened at an alternative location.

"A male in his teens was treated for a serious head injury and was transported under emergency lights and sirens to Moranbah Hospital and was further flown to Townsville Hospital via Rescue Helicopter in a critical condition," he said. 

An RACQ CQ Rescue spokeswoman said the paitent arrived at the hospital about 11.50pm. 

INITIAL: A PERSON has suffered critical injuries after being crushed in a horror incident in the Bowen Basin. 

RACQ CQ Rescue Helicopter Service has airlifted one person from Moranbah. 

It is understood the person, of unknown gender and age, was crushed between two vehicles that were travelling in bushland near Moranbah this evening. 

Reports suggest one of the vehicles was towing the other when the incident occurred. 

After an extensive rescue effort, the Mackay based RACQ CQ Rescue team airlifted the injured person to Townsville Hospital. 

No further details are available at this time. 


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