A Mackay-based rescue RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter has airlifted a 60-year-old Kuranda woman to Cairns hospital with serious injuries after a horror head-on smash near Mareeba today.
RACQ CQ Rescue had landed at Townsville General Hospital after transferring a patient from Mackay earlier this morning and was refuelling when the rescue helicopter, with a doctor and Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) also aboard, was tasked to fly 385km north to Mareeba hospital about midday.
An RACQ CQ Rescue aircrewman said a 60-year-old woman, from Kuranda, sustained serious leg injuries and possible internal injuries in a two-vehicle accident on the Kennedy Highway, east of Mareeba, about 11.20am. The woman, who was the driver and sole occupant of the car, was believed trapped in the vehicle by the legs for a short time before she was freed by emergency services and transported to the hospital in a serious condition.
The other car involved in the smash had four occupants. It was believed one of the vehicles was overtaking at the time of the accident which happened near a Puma petrol station on the highway, the RACQ CQ Rescue aircrewman said.
Mackay’s blue and yellow Bell 412 rescue helicopter landed at the Mareeba Hospital about 1.45pm and flew the injured woman to Cairns hospital in a stable condition arriving about 3.15pm.
RACQ CQ Rescue, which flew more than 1300km today to transport two patients in dire medical need to specialist care, had departed base in Mackay about 8.30am.
The rescue helicopter is expected to arrive back in Mackay about 8.30pm.