Path cleared for injured man
FIREFIGHTERS had to cut a path through thick bushland to enable paramedics to rescue a man seriously injured on a steep Rockhampton hillside on Thursday night.
While paramedics were able to reach the man and provide him with medical treatment, they required assistance from firefighters to clear a path so that the man could be transported to the ambulance.
It took firefighters several hours to clear away the thick bush with chainsaws and axes.
About 5.30pm the 53-year-old man was involved in a quad bike crash.
The man had been riding along a steep hill at Nerimbera when he lost control of the bike and came off, with the bike landing some distance down the hill.
The man suffered spinal and facial injuries, as well as some possible internal injuries.
He was yesterday in a serious condition at Rockhampton Hospital.
The RACQ Capricorn rescue helicopter was called in to help with the rescue.
Senior air crewman Matthew Brandon said the helicopter had to land a short distance away in a cleared area due to the terrain.
He understood that the man was alone and had been doing some spraying when he came off his bike.
"The ambulance and firies called us to do a possible airlift but due to operational constrictions we couldn't," he said yesterday.
"The man was carried out on a stretcher and then we flew him to the Rockhampton Hospital."
The incident is the latest in a string of quad bike accidents across the Rockhampton region.