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VIDEO: Man flown to Brisbane after hwy crash

UPDATE: A man in his 70s has been flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a stable condition after a single-vehicle crash on the Bruce Hwy north of Maryborough.

A spokeswoman for the RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter service said the man had swerved to avoid colliding with a kangaroo.

She said he suffered suspected head and arm injuries in the crash and the flight crew was called about 8.50am to retrieve the patient from Maryborough Hospital.

RECENT UPDATE: The wreckage of a single-vehicle crash on the Bruce Hwy north of Maryborough has been towed and the highway has been reopened.

A spokeswoman from RACQ CareFlight Rescue Helicopter said a crew had been tasked to fly to Maryborough but she did not have any further details at this time.

EARLIER UPDATE: Firefighters used the jaws of life to release a trapped driver after a single-vehicle crash on the Bruce Hwy between Sexie Coffee and Aldershot.

Shane Charman, station officer at Maryborough Fire Station, said the man was trapped in his vehicle for half-to-three-quarters of an hour on Monday morning.

"We had one male person within the vehicle suffering very severe injuries," he said.

"He has a very traumatic injury to his right arm and he has multiple fractures.

"We took the side of the car away so they (ambulance officers) could get in, then we took the roof off the vehicle - that allowed the ambulance (officers) to be able to get in and do life-saving first-aid.

"Once they had him as stabilised as they could possibly get him, they actually anaesthetised him as well, put him under, because his injuries were that severe and then we just had to get him out on the backboard and get him out of the vehicle."

He said the cause of the crash was being investigated by police and a forensic crash team was on its way to the site.

Mr Charman advised motorists to slow down and drive to conditions.

Emergency service personnel work to free a man from a vehicle after a crash on the Bruce Hwy north of Maryborough.
Emergency service personnel work to free a man from a vehicle after a crash on the Bruce Hwy north of Maryborough. Robyne Cuerel

INITIAL UPDATE: A man has been cut free from the wreckage of a single-vehicle crash on the Bruce Hwy north of Maryborough.

The man was placed into a waiting ambulance about 9.10am on Monday and it's believed he's been taken to Maryborough Base Hospital.

One lane of the highway is open, allowing traffic to move slowly past the crash site.

EARLIER: Fire, ambulance and police officers are at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on the Bruce Hwy north of Maryborough.

Traffic is banked up near the scene of the crash in the vicinity of Sexie Coffee.

No further information is available at this time.

Traffic is banked up on the Bruce Hwy near the scene of a crash north of Maryborough.
Traffic is banked up on the Bruce Hwy near the scene of a crash north of Maryborough. Robyne Cuerel

Topics:  bruce hwy, closed, crash, maryborough



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