Two Airlifted with Spinal Injuries After Horror Smash

RACQ CQ Rescue has airlifted two patients with suspected spinal injuries after a horror car smash on the Gregory Development Road last night.

A 26-year-old woman, from Belyando Crossing, had to be cut from the wreckage of the Holden utility she was driving when it crashed three-metres down an embankment just after midnight.

Her 20-year-old passenger, a man from Clermont, was ejected from the vehicle when it smashed head-on into trees, an RACQ CQ Rescue crewman said. The car was believed to be travelling south when it ran off the straight stretch of road.

RACQ CQ Rescue departed base about 1.30pm after the aircraft was reconfigured for two patients and landed near a service station on the Gregory Development Road about 2.20am, less than one kilometre from the crash scene.

The Mackay-based rescue helicopter flew 280 nautical miles (518 kilometres) to transfer the seriously injured pair to Mackay Base Hospital, arriving at 5.30 am. RACQ CQ Rescue returned to base about 6.25 am