Ambulance personnel transfer the injured driver to the waiting rescue chopper on Byfield Rd.
Ambulance personnel transfer the injured driver to the waiting rescue chopper on Byfield Rd. Chris Ison

Semi driver handled carefully

A PASSING road crew helped to free the driver of a semi-trailer which ran off the road and slammed into a stand of gum trees yesterday morning.

The Roadtek workers were travelling on Byfield Rd when they came across the bulk water tanker on its side after failing to negotiate a sweeping left-hand bend.

They found the driver, who had been thrown from his cab, pinned by a felled tree.

Late yesterday afternoon the driver, a man in his early 30s, was in a serious condition in Rockhampton Hospital.

By the time emergency paramedics and firefighters from Yeppoon arrived the road crew had freed the driver who, though conscious, was in agony with suspected abdominal injuries.

He was alone in the truck and there were no other vehicles involved.

Paramedics stabilised him and transported him about a kilometre to a point on Byfield Rd where it was suitable for the RACQ Capricorn Rescue Helicopter to land.

Roadtek staff closed the road as medics delicately transferred the patient from an ambulance to the chopper.

The helicopter was on the ground for 35 minutes before it left for Rockhampton Hospital.

Yeppoon Fire Station incident controller, station officer Charlie Fenton, said the patient was “packaged and handled very carefully” during the transfer.

He praised the efforts of the road workers for their response to the accident.

The accident happened shortly before 8.30am as the water truck travelled north towards Byfield, about five kilometres north of Maryvale.



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