RACQ CQ Rescue flew nearly 400km last night to transfer two seriously injured men to hospital after their car rolled multiple times near Lotus Creek.
The 19-year-old driver, who lives on a property nearby, and his 42-year-old passenger were not wearing seatbelts when their convertible four-wheel drive lost control on a dirt road and rolled just after 6 pm, 180km south of Mackay.
RACQ CQ Rescue was tasked at 6.30pm after the driver, who suffered cuts, bruises and a wrist injury, contacted his father by phone for help. The Mackay-based rescue helicopter, with an Intensive Care Paramedic (ICP) aboard, flew to the site and landed near the accident scene at 7.20pm.
The passenger, believed to be from Rockhampton, sustained serious face, head and abdominal injuries when he was thrown from the rolling vehicle. It took ambulance crews and paramedics more than an hour to stabilise him at the scene due to a serious head injury.
RACQ CQ Rescue departed the scene at 8.40pm and flew both of the car’s occupants to Mackay Base Hospital for further treatment, arriving at 9.25pm.
The rescue helicopter returned to base at Mackay Airport after 10 pm.