UPDATE: Nurse first on scene at horror head-on hwy crash
AN OFF-DUTY nurse was the first on the scene of a horrific head-on crash involving a small tilt truck and sedan north of Gympie yesterday afternoon.
A man in his 60s was airlifted by Lifeflight to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a critical condition with head, chest and abdominal injuries.
The man was trapped in his sedan for some time before Queensland Fire and Emergency Services could free him using hydraulic rescue tools.
The sedan's roof had to be removed, the dash pushed back and several items removed from the car in order to free the injured man.
Motorists travelling in both directions on the Bruce Highway near Curra and Gunalda were delayed for several hours. The major thoroughfare was reopened around 4pm.
Sunshine Coast QAS operations supervisor Lorenz Kleinberg said the main suffered critical injuries which were made worse when the roof caved in on him during the crash.
"The man was well entrapped and QFES worked fantastically with our team to free him from the vehicle," Mr Kleinberg said.
"It appears that the roof may have descended upon him at this point in time."
Mr Kleinberg said if an off-duty nurse had not arrived things could have been very different.
"We were very lucky as we had an off-duty nurse come across this accident very quickly, but we encourage people to undertake a first aid course because those first actions you do could be lifesaving," he said.
Fire and Rescue area inspector Kent Mayne said the man was severely trapped.
"It took some time for Fire and Rescue officers to use hydraulic rescue tools to pull the car away from the person who was trapped," he said.
Mr Mayne said it had been a fairly good holiday period, but warned it's not over yet.
"Roads have been quite good during the holiday period, but again, the holidays aren't over yet," he said.
"Incidents like these have huge impacts on a lot of the people, not only those attending the incident but people involved and also motorists going about their daily routine."
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.
Area Inspector for Fire and Rescue Kent Mayne said the man was severely trapped.
"It took some time for fire and rescue officers to use hydraulic rescue tools to pull the car away from the person who was trapped in the vehicle," Mr Mayne said.
"We had significant cutting to do with the tools. Remove the roof, push the dash and basically removing parts of the car away from the person.
Mr Mayne said it was too early to tell what caused the crash.
"There was significant impact to the front of the car so they are looking at all causes of the accident," he said.
"We had two fire and rescue, one special rescue appliance, QPS, QAS and also the Lifeflight helicopter."
"Roads have been quite good during the holiday period, but again, the holidays aren't over yet. "Incidents like these have huge impacts on a lot of the people, not only those attending the incident, but people involved but the delays of normal day life."
The Forensic crash unit is investigating.
A MAN in his 60s is being airlifted to hospital after being trapped for nearly two hours in the wreckage of a major crash near the Bruce Highway at Gunalda.
The man is believed to be in a critical condition and a dog, which was also travelling in the vehicle, has been taken by police for veterinary treatment.
Another younger man suffered minor injuries and declined transport to hospital, a Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said.
Police say the highway is entirely blocked and traffic in both directions is being diverted to the East, via the Maryborough-Cooloola Coast Rd.
PARAMEDICS are rushing to a two-vehicle crash north of Gympie.
The crash between a truck and a car happened just after 12pm near Gunalda on the Bruce Highway and Lindleys Lane.
Paramedics and police are travelling to the scene now.
One of the patients is believed to be trapped in the vehicle.
The rescue helicopter has been tasked. More details to come.