Forensic teams investigate serious Cap Hwy crash
UPDATE 2.25PM: A MAN in his twenties remains in critical condition at the Rockhampton Hospital following a two-vehicle collision this morning.
A second patient, a local man in his thirties who was first driven to Emerald Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, is now being transported to Rockhampton in a stable condition.
A Rockhampton Hospital spokeswoman said it was unknown at this time whether the man in his twenties will be transported to a Brisbane Hospital.
EARLIER, 1PM: The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the cause of a serious crash on the Capricorn Hwy early this morning.
In a statement, Queensland Police Media said initial inquiries indicate a utility driving west along the highway about 10km east of Emerald crossed to the wrong side of the road and collided with another utility head-on about 4.30am.
"A local man in his twenties, the driver of the utility headed west, was transported to the Rockhampton Hospital where he remains in a critical condition,” the statement said.
"The driver of the other utility, a local man in his thirties, was transported to Emerald Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
"A male passenger was not physicaly injured in the crash.”
EARLIER, 9.45AM: THE Capricorn Hwy has reopened after both lanes were closed following a serious collision 10km east of Emerald this morning.
A Queensland Police Service spokesman said the highway was cleared about 9.30am, and police would investigate the crash which landed two people in hospital with serious injuries.
A Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said one patient had recently arrived at the Rockhampton after they were airlifted by the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service.
A second patient was driven to the Emerald Hospital in a stable condition.
A third person was involved in the crash, but did not require paramedic assistance.
EARLIER, 7.40AM: ONE patient has been airlifted and a second driven to hospital with serious injuries following a head-on, two-vehicle crash outside Emerald this morning.
A QAS spokeswoman said the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue were transporting one patient to the Rockhampton Hospital via helicopter, with the possibility of flying them to a Brisbane Hospital.
The second patient suffered serious injuries, and was driven to the Emerald Hospital in a stable condition.
A third person was involved in the crash but did not require paramedic assistance.
Emergency services were first called to the serious crash about 4.30am, and the highway remains closed in both directions.
A Queensland Police Service spokesman said earlier the highway would remain closed for several hours.
EARLIER, 7.15AM: THE Capricorn Hwy remains closed in both directions about following a two-vehicle head-on crash this morning about 10km east of Emerald.
A Queensland Police spokesman said the crash is treated as "serious traffic accident” and the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue remain on scene.
Emergency services were first called to the scene at 4.30am, and the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue arrived about 6.30am.
A QAS spokeswoman earlier confirmed paramedics were treating two patients, one with minor injuries.
The Central Highlands Regional Council have been called to conduct traffic control, with both lanes expected to remain closed for several hours.
6.50AM: FLIGHT care and Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics remain on the scene of a two-vehicle Capricorn Hwy crash which trapped two patients early this morning.
Emergency services were first called to the scene 10km east of Emerald heading towards Blackwater about 4.30am.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman confirmed the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue arrived on scene about 6.30am.
"Three people were involved (in the crash) , we had two patients, one with minor injuries,” the spokeswoman said.
She could not confirm whether either of the patients would be airlifted at this point, but said patients would be prioritised.
More to come.