Man dies after being pulled from burning crash wreck

UPDATE 7.40AM: A man critically injured in a fiery single-vehicle crash north of Toowoomba last night has this morning died in hospital.

The 85-year-old driver and sole occupant of the vehicle died as a result of injuries sustained in the horrific crash near Cooyar about 6.45pm.

A dramatic rescue mission unfolded after the crashed vehicle was spotted by an Army air crew doing a fly-over of the area.

The crew called emergency services after they pulled the man from the burning wreck and began first-aid.

RACQ LifeFlight airlifted the man to the Royal Brisbane Hospital with critical injuries.

Investigations into the crash are continuing with Forensic Crash Unit officers yet to determine the cause.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said the first fire crew arrived on scene about 8.05pm.

The car was fully engulfed in fire and exploded a short time after the man was freed from the vehicle.

Fire crews remained on scene until about 10.15pm.

LifeFlight's Toowoomba base manager Andrew Riches was told a female Army trainee pilot pulled the man from the burning wreckage.
LifeFlight's Toowoomba base manager Andrew Riches was told a female Army trainee pilot pulled the man from the burning wreckage. "It was an incredible rescue pulling him out like that. She was very very brave," Mr Riches said. 7 News Toowoomba

FRIDAY 6AM: Crew in an Army aircraft spotted a man hanging from a burning car and rushed to save him.

Last night a man's car crashed into a tree a burst into flames near Cooyar.

The 85-year-old driver and sole occupant was later flown by Life Flight to the Royal Brisbane Hospital and is in a serious condition.

The crew in the Army aircraft had seen the fire and after a close flyby, spotted the injured man hanging out of the car.

 A landing was made and he was pulled from the wreckage.

The car exploded not long afterwards.

A spokesman for police said investigations suggested about 6.45pm a car travelling north along Middleton Rd left the road and collided with a tree and subsequently burst into flames.


THURSDAY 9PM: A man has severe burns after the car he was driving crashed into a tree and burst into flames north of Toowoomba tonight.

An RACQ LifeFlight helicopter has been called to the scene on Pierces Creek Rd, about 14km north of Crows Nest, to airlift the injured man to hospital.

The crash was witnessed by a member of the Army, who pulled the man from the burning wreckage.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services personnel worked with the passerby to treat the injured motorist before Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics arrived.

He is believed to have suffered serious burns to his arms and legs.

There are currently Army, three fire service units, police and ambulance units on scene.

They are currently assessing the Mt Binga Lutheran Camp (about 25km north of the site) as a possible helicopter landing location.

8PM: A man has been pulled from a burning vehicle by a passerby after crashing into a tree north Toowoomba.

The crash occurred about 7.30pm on Pierces Creek Rd near Crows Nest.

The passerby who is understood to be an Army officer has remained on scene to provide first aide to the motorist

He is reported to have life threatening injuries, including severe burns..

The car was located on fire.

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