Rail Worker Injured in Fall from Coal Train Near Koumala

RACQ CQ Rescue has landed on the Bruce Highway south of Koumala today after a woman was injured when she fell from a coal train.

The Mackay-based rescue helicopter flew directly to the scene of the accident, on a railway line running parallel to the Bruce Highway about 70km south of Mackay, just after 11.30am.


It is believed a 23-year-old woman fell from the moving coal train onto the railway line, severely breaking both her left ankle and leg just before 11 am.

The Bruce Highway was closed by police for about an hour to allow RACQ CQ Rescue, with a Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) and a doctor aboard, to land within 30 metres of the rail line and the accident scene.

The woman was in considerable pain due to her serious injuries and was moved from the railway line to the waiting helicopter by Queensland Fire and Rescue crews where she was administered strong pain relief and stabilised for the flight.

An RACQ CQ Rescue crew spokesman said the helicopter was on scene for about 45 minutes before departing and arriving at the Mackay Base Hospital about 12.30pm with the woman on board and in a stable condition.

On return to base at Mackay Airport, RACQ CQ Rescue was tasked about 3 pm to transfer a critically ill man from Mackay Base Hospital to Townsville.

It is believed the 31-year-old man had been trapped under a four-wheel drive after the motorcycle he was riding slammed into a parked car at Paget earlier today.