South-bound traffic on the Bruce Highway wait while injured passengers are loaded into a helicopter to be airlifted to hospital.
South-bound traffic on the Bruce Highway wait while injured passengers are loaded into a helicopter to be airlifted to hospital.

Mum dies in second fatal accident

A 31-YEAR-OLD Isis mum was killed and her son critically injured after her car rolled over at Apple Tree Creek yesterday.

In the second fatal car accident on Bundaberg region roads in four days,the woman is believed to have been travelling south along the Bruce Highway when her white Toyota 4WD hit the gutter near the Bundaberg overpass and flipped just before 8am.

She was declared dead at the scene, while her two sons, aged four and two, were also injured.

The four-year-old boy suffered minor injuries, but his younger brother was airlifted to Brisbane in a critical condition with severe head injuries and suspected internal injuries.

The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter was called to the scene to airlift the children to hospital.

AGL Action Rescue Helicopter pilot Dennis Branch said when the chopper arrived, emergency services were on the scene with paramedics treating the two children.

“The rescue helicopter team had taken off with the two children when the younger child’s condition deteriorated quickly,” he said.

“We had to land quickly, pick up another paramedic to assist with treating the child en-route and rush them to Bundaberg Hospital.

“Our thoughts go out to the family and we pray the children come though this terrible accident.”

Bundaberg Police Inspector Kev Guteridge said the accident was a “tragedy”,particularly as it followed a two-car crash on Rosedale Road on Friday night in which two people died, including a Bundaberg mum.

“We’ve now got two families deprived of their mothers within 62 hours,” he said.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is believed to be preparing to take thetwo-year-old boy to Brisbane for urgent specialist attention, while thefour-year-old will remain at Bundaberg Hospital.



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