Hutchinson crews rescue trapped teen at McDonald's
UPDATE: The quick actions of a Hutchinson Builders crew at a new fast-food precinct have been credited with saving the life of a teenage boy.
A day meant for celebration turned into the unimaginable as two boys were run down in a new restaurant, pinning a 15-year-old under a car and a 12-year-old painfully pressed against the brick wall.
Eastville McDonald's franchise owner Mark Ward could only watch on in horror. But amid screams and chaos, the swift actions of the nearby Hutchinson work crew saved the day, bringing a forklift to the crash scene to lift the car off the two boys.
"A massive thank you to the Hutchinson boys and the way they responded, not just with the equipment to remove the vehicle (but) the quick thinking of the Hutchinson's foreman who was able to retrieve a piece of equipment which lifted the car," Mr Ward said.
"In addition to that there was a senior first aid qualified person from Hutchinson again who was extraordinarily proactive in talking to the young fellow who was, at that stage, trapped under the vehicle.
"So, full credit to them."
The elderly driver of the white 4WD vehicle had gone to park in the disabled space at the front of the restaurant when the car shot forward, pinning the two boys.
As bystanders frantically called 000, Hutchinson worker Jordan Klingberg and his crew raced to the crash scene to help.
"We were just having something to eat and just came straight over when we heard a scream and a loud bang," Mr Klingberg said.
"There was a young fellow squished between the bench and then another one underneath the car.
"We just automatically tried to lift the car up and get it off him."
Despite their combined efforts they couldn't budge the Ford 4WD.
"That's when we grabbed the forklift and came over to lift it up and get him out," he said.
"There were all tables and chairs mangled under the car and a bollard bent over so we just tried to get it up (and) off as much as we could."
The rescue operation happened within minutes while bystanders were talking to the ambulance relaying the information back to paramedics who arrived on scene soon after.
By that time, the Hutchinson crew had removed the car and paramedics began assessing the two boys.
An ambulance spokeswoman said it was a lifesaving moment when the boys were freed from the wreck.
"For their part in getting the patient out, it all happened so quickly while they were still on the 000 call," the spokeswoman said.
In a tragic twist, Mr Ward said the two injured boys were friends with his son and had the grand opening not been such a busy morning, his son could have been at the restaurant.
"It's a sobering thought that had he been there, he would have been involved in that conversation and more than likely be sitting around enjoying himself at the same time," Mr Ward said.
"Both of (the boys) are wonderful examples of brave young guys.
"This was not the day we wanted.
"Our thoughts are with the boys right at the moment because we know they were injured and while they're in good spirits, we can only wish them the best."
The 15-year-old was taken to hospital with severe chest and back injuries.
He remains in hospital in a stable condition.
The 12-year-old boy was treated for shock and suffered minor injuries.
11.40AM: Emergency services have rushed to assist a child who was reportedly trapped under a car.
Early reports say the child was assisted by bystanders.
The Queensland Ambulance Service and police are at the scene.
An ambulance spokesman said two patients would require transport.
An intensive care paramedic is currently on the scene.
The incident took place near the McDonald's at the new development Eastville on the corner of Herries and Cohoe Sts in East Toowoomba.
A contractor on the scene has told of hearing a large bang and screams from the McDonald's after a car slammed into the front foyer.
Jordan Klingberg and his coworkers didn't hesitate in bringing a forklift to the scene to lift a small 4WD that had trapped a young child underneath.
The child was injured and taken to hospital.
Another child was also taken to hospital with injuries.