CRASH: RACQ-CQ Rescue transferred two seriously injured men to hospital after their car rolled multiple times on a dirt road near Lotus Creek, 180km south of Mackay.
CRASH: RACQ-CQ Rescue transferred two seriously injured men to hospital after their car rolled multiple times on a dirt road near Lotus Creek, 180km south of Mackay. RACQ-CQ Rescue

Teen phoned father for help after vehicle rolled

EMERGENCY services rushed to the scene of a serious crash in which one man was thrown from a vehicle near Lotus Creek, 180km south of Mackay.

RACQ-CQ Rescue flew nearly 400km on Monday, to transfer two seriously injured men to hospital after their car rolled multiple times.

The 19-year-old driver, who lived on a property nearby, and his 42-year-old passenger were not wearing seatbelts, paramedics at the scene said, when their convertible four-wheel drive went out of control on a dirt road and rolled just after 6pm.

RACQ-CQ Rescue was tasked at 6.30pm after the driver, who suffered cuts, bruises and a wrist injury, contacted his father by phone for help.

The Mackay-based rescue helicopter, with a Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) aboard, flew to the site and landed near the accident scene at 7.20pm.

The passenger, believed to be from Rockhampton, sustained serious face, head and abdominal injuries when he was thrown from the rolling vehicle.

It took ambulance crews and paramedics more than an hour to stabilise him at the scene due to a serious head injury.

RACQ-CQ Rescue left the scene at 8.40pm and flew both of the men to Mackay Base Hospital for further treatment by 9.25pm.

The rescue helicopter returned to base at Mackay Airport after 10pm.


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