Man killed, another critical after crane hits powerline
UPDATE 12.30PM: A man has been killed and another clings to life in a critical condition after a crane hit a powerline in Far North Queensland.
The Cairns Post understands a crane had been operating at the Irvin Access Rd to build a new facility to allow trucks to pick up bins full of sugarcane to transport directly to MSF Sugar's Mulgrave Mill.
Paramedics take a burns patient in a critical condition to Cairns Hospital after a crane hit a powerline in Far North Queensland. Video by Anna Rogers/Cairns Post.— Chris Calcino (@chriscalcino) July 28, 2019
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A neighbour work had been happening for some time as MSF sought to avoid using cane trains on certain bridges with questionable structural integrity - instead taking them to the mill by road.
The crane hit a powerline at the site about 9am.
One patient has died, while another was rushed to Cairns Hospital in a critical condition after suffering significant burns.
MSF Sugar and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland have been asked for comment.
EARLIER 10.30AM: One person is in a critical condition and another's status is unknown after a crane came into contact with a powerline in Far North Queensland.
A Queensland Ambulance spokesman said one patient had been taken to Cairns Hospital by ambulance for treatment.
A rescue helicopter is also on scene.
The age and gender of the patients was not available.
Three ambulances remained at the scene at about 10.30am.
EARLIER 9.26AM: A person is in a critical condition and another man's status is unknown after a crane came into contact with a powerline in Far North Queensland.
Paramedics were called to Little Mulgrave Rd near Goldsborough at 9am after reports of the potential electrocution.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said paramedics were on scene treating two patients, one of whom was in a critical condition.
The emergency scene is close to the Mount-n-Ride River and Rainforest Horse Rides adventure tourism business.
More to come.