In the early hours of this morning (Monday 8th July), the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter was tasked to an incident which occurred on the Bruce Highway north of St Lawrence, 160 kilometres south of Mackay.
Mackay-based Rescue Crew Officer Arno Schoonwinkel said, “It appeared the passenger in the B Double was sleeping when the accident occurred.”
It’s suspected the driver of the B Double may have fallen asleep or has lost concentration, causing him to lose control of the truck. The end result was the B Double coming to rest on its side however, the driver and the passenger were able to extricate themselves from the truck.
QAS paramedics attending the scene of the accident transported the driver and passenger to the Kalarka Road House where rescue helicopters from Mackay and Rockhampton had landed in preparation to transport the patients.
The passenger in the B Double was a 27-year-old male from Victoria. He appeared to have sustained a shoulder injury in the accident and was in an extreme amount of pain, according to CQ Rescue crewman Arno Schoonwinkel.
The passenger was transferred on board the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter to Mackay Base Hospital, arriving just after 4am this morning.