Man airlifted after 4WD flips
UPDATE: THE driver who suffered critical head and chest injuries in a vehicle rollover is in a stable condition.
The 29-year-old Rainbow Beach man was airlifted to hospital after his four-wheel drive rolled in the Tuan State Forest on Monday.
It took rescuers an hour to free the man from the wreckage of his Toyota Landcruiser, which flipped after hitting a washout about 8am.
He remains in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.
4th September 2012 9:37 AM
IT TOOK rescuers an hour to free a critically injured man from the wreckage of a four-wheel drive rollover in the Tuan State Forest yesterday.
The 28-year-old Rainbow Beach man remained in critical condition last night following the single-vehicle crash, which occurred about 7.50am.
Firefighters from Maryborough had to cut the roof from the Toyota LandCruiser, which tipped over after hitting a washout on a track in the forest, south of Maryborough.
The man, who was the driver, was airlifted by the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter to the Royal Brisbane Hospital suffering severe head and chest injuries.
"It was a difficult rescue, so the firies did a great job of getting him out," said Shane Charman, station officer for Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Maryborough.
"He was in a critical state.
"He was awake but not lucid.
"He could squeeze your hand but he couldn't talk."
A 33-year-old female passenger was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital by road ambulance and later discharged.
Two people were also taken to hospital in the afternoon following a three-vehicle smash on Gympie Rd, Maryborough.
A mum and two kids were involved in the crash, which occurred near Ned Kelly's Motel.
Three police officers interviewed drivers and witnesses, as firefighters worked to contain a spill on the road from a badly damaged Toyota Celica.
The southbound Toyota had collided with a Mitsubishi Magna driven by a 67-year-old man.
The force of the collision pushed the Toyota into the northbound lane and it was then struck by an oncoming Holden Colorado ute.
A little girl travelling in the Holden was transported to hospital with minor injuries.
The 23-year-old driver of the Toyota said he was "not feeling too great" and complained of neck pain before he too was taken to hospital.
Southbound traffic was diverted for about half an hour.