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VIDEO: Motorcyclist still in critical condition in hospital

9.50AM: A 40-year-old Gracemere man who sustained life threatening injuries in a motorcycle accident yesterday morning is still in a critical condition in hospital.

He was flown to Brisbane Hospital yesterday afternoon.
 

6AM: THERE was no time for Shaun Fraser to think yesterday when a motorcycle burst into flames in front of him.

With no regard for his own safety the Rockhampton man raced over and pulled the burning driver away from his bike, before using his own hands to try and put out the flames on the man's body.

The driver, a 40-year-old Gracemere man, was rushed to Rockhampton Hospital with life threatening injuries, including a broken leg and significant burns.

Initial reports indicated he may have suffered burns to 80% of his body.

Yesterday afternoon he was flown to Brisbane in a critical condition.

Shaun was out the front of his Charles St house about 8.45am when the bike crashed into a white utility and skidded off the road, coming to land on the footpath outside Acoustic Enterprises.

Shaun Fraser was labelled a hero after dragging a man away from his burning motorcycle.
Shaun Fraser was labelled a hero after dragging a man away from his burning motorcycle. Rachael Conaghan

Eye witnesses at the scene said the man's clothes were almost completely burnt off, but his boots continued to smoulder after the fire was put out.

"As soon as the bike hit the car you could see it burst into flames," Shaun said.

"You could see the flames go up over the bonnet, I just ran over there.

"He was lying face down with his feet near the bike and the bike was on fire, he was on fire, and I just grabbed him by the hands and dragged him in an arc onto the lawn."

HELPING HANDS: Emergency Services crews help a patient.
HELPING HANDS: Emergency Services crews help a patient. Chris Ison Rokccrash

Shaun said it felt like forever until they were able to put out the fire because the man was covered in petrol, which made it difficult to extinguish.

In the process Shaun burnt his hands and afterwards had to go to hospital for treatment.

His partner, Penny Martin, called 000 while Shaun and other bystanders tried to put the fire out.

"He was on fire for a good five minutes … but he would have been on fire a lot longer if you hadn't got there," she said to Shaun.

Crashes involving a motorcycle or moped in the central region:

2009 - 14 fatalities, 192 hospitalisations. Total: 206

2010 - 14 fatalities, 157 hospitalisations. Total: 171

2011 - 14 fatalities, 161 hospitalisations. Total: 175

2012 - 21 fatalities, 191 hospitalisations. Total: 221

2013 - 17 fatalities, 211 hospitalisations. Total: 228.

2014, until September 11- five fatailities, unknown number of hospitalisations.

Source: Police Media

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