Man, 70, lucky to survive car rollover on highway

The man was removed from his vehicle and air-lifted by RACQ care flight to Toowoomba Base Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The man was removed from his vehicle and air-lifted by RACQ care flight to Toowoomba Base Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Lisa Googe

UPDATE: A Victorian man has had a lucky escape after his Nissan Nevara towing a caravan rolled down an embankment on the New England Highway near Dalveen.

At 1.30pm the 70-year-old male driver allegedly veered left off the road after the Granite Belt drive turn-off where the vehicle then rolled down the embankment into trees.

The man was removed from his vehicle and air-lifted by RACQ care flight to Toowoomba Base Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Friends traveling back from the Australian Caravan Club's National Muster at Beaudesert in a separate vehicle said they became worried when their friend was no longer behind them.

Rob Tudor said they attempted to contact him over the two-way-radio before calling his mobile.

"We were about to turn around when we saw a police car speed past with sirens on," he said.

Before the man was airlifted to hospital, he requested his companions find the urn containing ashes of his deceased wife.

Emergency services rushed to the scene near Dalveen (file photo).
Emergency services rushed to the scene near Dalveen (file photo).

EARLIER: A man was airlifted to Toowoomba Hospital after his car and caravan rolled down an embankment this afternoon.

Emergency services rushed to the scene near Dalveen on the New England Highway at about 1.30pm after reports the man was entrapped in the car.

When firefighters arrived they realised he was not trapped, but had remained in the vehicle.

He was treated at the scene by the Queensland Ambulance Service before being transported by helicopter to Toowoomba.

Police closed the southbound lane of the highway briefly and diverted traffic.

The man suffered a fracture to his right upper arm and a possible spinal injury.



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