A 56-year-old Townsville man was airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital with serious internal injuries after a dump truck rolled at a mine site near Mt Coolon today.
The worker suffered a collapsed lung, severe chest trauma, internal injuries and a possible fractured pelvis and shoulder in the accident which happened about 8 am at the Wirralie Gold Mine, 25km north-west of Mt Coolon.
An RACQ CQ Rescue crewman said the injured man had been “incredibly lucky” due to the serious nature of the accident and the remote location, given his injuries, could have been life-threatening if medical attention wasn’t imminent.
After the dump truck rolled, the worker’s colleagues helped free him from the overturned vehicle and transferred him to the workers’ accommodation to await the arrival of the Mackay-based rescue helicopter which had a doctor and critical care paramedic aboard.
RACQ CQ Rescue flew more than 250km to the mine scene, arriving at 9.15am to treat the severely injured man. The helicopter departed again just after 11 am to transfer him to Mackay Base Hospital for further treatment, arriving about 12 pm.
The airlift and transfer of the injured man from the remote mine site had the rescue helicopter fly more than 220 nautical miles (400km).