Helicopter called to rollover
RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue was called out to a vehicle accident on Saturday night on the Dawson Highway, near Banana.
The single-vehicle accident had occurred as the driver was returning from a golf day.
The 43-year-old male driver of the four-wheel drive lost control of the vehicle and drove off the right side of the highway, rolling the car in the process.
A Helicopter Rescue spokesman said people living nearby reported having heard a loud ‘pop’ just prior to the accident.
A Queensland Police spokesman said there were no passengers in the vehicle and the driver was trapped under the vehicle by both his head and right arm.
He said police received three triple zero calls immediately after the accident.
“He (the driver) was still talking when he was airlifted,” the spokesman said.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service removed the roof of the vehicle as the helicopter arrived, and once removed, both the helicopter paramedic and rescue crewmen were able to extricate and stabilise the man prior to being flown direct to Rockhampton Hospital.
The Banana accident was the second single-vehicle accident police responded to on Saturday.
A single vehicle lost control on Port Curtis Way, near NRG power station, at about 3pm on Saturday, crashing into a power pole.
A police spokesman said the powerlines fell across the line, with traffic having to be diverted for 30 minutes before part of the road was reopened.
He said the road was completely reopened after 90 minutes and the driver had minor injuries.
A teenage party also kept police busy on Saturday night.