The driver allegedly under the influence during a serious traffic crash at Marcoola on August 3.
The driver allegedly under the influence during a serious traffic crash at Marcoola on August 3.

Crash victim flown to Brisbane for treatment

UPDATE: A 73-year-old woman critically injured in a Marcoola crash has been flown to Brisbane for treatment.

The woman was a passenger in the rear of a station wagon that was involved in a head-on crash on David Low Way shortly before 4.30pm yesterday.

She was flown from Nambour General Hospital to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital this afternoon in a critical but stable condition.

EARLIER: A man accused of being more than three times the legal alcohol limit when he caused a serious crash has been granted bail.

Buderim man Juan Antonio Becerra, 47, appeared to still be wearing the same hi-vis work clothes he had on yesterday when he fronted Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning.

He had been kept in police custody overnight after being taken from the scene of a two vehicle crash on David Low Way at Marcoola yesterday afternoon.

Police allege he gave a blood alcohol reading of 0.179 after the head-on crash.

He was not injured but three people from the other car, a station wagon, were.

A 73-year-old Bargara woman was this afternoon in a critical condition in Nambour General Hospital being treated for head, neck and chest injuries.

A 49-year-old Gladstone man, the driver, was in a stable condition and a 50-year-old woman had been discharged from care.

Duty lawyer David Crews said his client was born in Mexico but was a New Zealand citizen.

Mr Crews said Becerra's wife had brought his passport to court so it could be surrendered.

He acknowledged there was a serious risk his client could be jailed on determination of his charge of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing grievous bodily harm while being adversely affected by an intoxicating substance.

Becerra was granted bail on conditions including he report to police three times a week.

His matters are next due for mention in the same court on September 1. 

TRAPPED: Emergency services personnel work to free a man from a crash at Marcoola yesterday.
TRAPPED: Emergency services personnel work to free a man from a crash at Marcoola yesterday.

EARLIER: A 47-year-old Buderim man is due to front Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning charged with causing a serious crash at Marcoola.

Police said the man was charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing grievous bodily harm while being adversely affected by an intoxicating substance.

His car and another collided head on near Sunshine Coast Airport on David Low Way shortly before 4.30pm yesterday.

An elderly woman travelling in the rear of a station wagon as well as a man driving the station wagon sustained serious injuries while a woman passenger in the same car was also injured.

Traffic was diverted around the scene while emergency services worked to free the injured man trapped in the station wagon.

The charges man was held in custody overnight.

Two car collision on the David Low Way at Marcoola.
Two car collision on the David Low Way at Marcoola. Warren Lynam

EARLIER: 

A MAN was cut from the wreckage of a Marcoola crash after being trapped for about an hour yesterday.

Emergency services were called to a two-vehicle crash on David Low Way near Sunshine Coast Airport at 4.22pm.

It took firefighters until about 5.30pm to free the man after hydraulic cutting tools were used.

The man suffered leg fractures and was taken to Nambour General Hospital in a serious condition.

Paramedics also treated a woman for chest injuries before she was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

A woman, 50, was also taken to hospital in a stable condition.



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