UPDATE: Bizarre cause revealed for vehicle rollover
A CENTRAL Queensland miner, who swerved to avoid an eagle while driving to work yesterday afternoon, has escaped serious injury after rolling his truck in a small town in the Isaac Region.
At 4.18pm, paramedics were called to reports of a single-vehicle rollover on Marlborough Sarina Rd, Lotus Creek.
The 23-year-old driver, believed to be from Gracemere, and his two passengers were travelling in a work truck to a mine site near Moranbah when he swerved to avoid an eagle on the road.
He rolled the work truck, smashing the windscreen and crushing the roof.
The truck came to rest on its side in the middle of the road.
The three men were treated at the scene by paramedics.
The driver had suffered a head injury and possible pelvic injuries, however, the two passengers only suffered minor superficial injuries.
RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter service was called to attend.
RACQ CQ Rescue crewman Arno Schoonwinkel said the driver and his passengers were lucky to escape the crash alive given the vehicle's roof was crushed to within "just 30cm of the steering wheel".
The driver was airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition, arriving at 6.20pm.
The two passengers were transported by paramedics to Mackay Base Hospital in stable conditions.