UPDATE: Man suffers spinal and head injuries in truck crash

The RACQ CQ Rescue chopper leaves the accident scene bound for Rockhampton Hospital. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph
The RACQ CQ Rescue chopper leaves the accident scene bound for Rockhampton Hospital. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph Andrew Thorpe

UPDATE: RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service airlifted a 60-year-old man from the truck crash yesterday afternoon. 

The single male occupant of the vehicle, suffering from suspected head and spinal injuries was airlifted to Rockhampton Hospital in a stable condition. 

Just before 4.30pm, the RACQ Capricorn Rescue Helicopter was tasked to attend the single vehicle crash on the Burnett Hwy in the Argoon area. 

It is believed the flatbed truck, lost control and exited the Burnett Highway.


UPDATE 5.45pm: A neighbour on the scene after the accident has begun the job of repairing the barbed wire fence which the truck crashed through before landing in the creek bed.

"Someone's gotta stop these cattle getting out," Daniel Boon said.

Mr Boon said a similar accident had happened years ago on the narrow bridge, again with two trucks passing each other.

"If you pass another vehicle… well, you try it. If you're an uncertain driver or not comfortable passing someone at that speed it will give you butterflies," he said.

Mr Boon said he had spoken to both Banana Shire Council and the Department of Transport and Main Road about the bridge, concerning both its narrowness and the reduced visibility caused by long grass next to the creek as the road bends around a corner.

"(Councillor) Pat Brennan told me it was on their radar as they want road trains to be able to come through out to the meat works… I just want a safe road for two trucks (to pass each other)," Mr Boon said.

"Years ago I had an open conversation with (a Main Roads official) where I asked, has someone got to die before something gets done about it?" said Mr Boon.

"You can't predict when something like this is gonna happen."


UPDATE 5.37pm: THE DRIVER of a truck that went three metres down a bank of a Central Queensland creek is in Rockhampton Hospital.

A spokesperson for the hospital said he is in a stable condition.

UPDATE 5.09pm: The Burnett Hwy has been re-opened after the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter airlifted the driver of the truck to Rockhampton Hospital.

Meanwhile, more details are emerging as to the cause of the accident, which occurred near the Callide Creek Bridge south of Jambin.

"It was a single vehicle, there was no other vehicle involved," said Senior Constable Brad Cowell, from the Biloela police station.

"He was travelling south on the highway, had just come across the Callide bridge, and it looks like he's clipped the Armco railing on the left-hand side, and then he's veered off into the creek.

"The front passenger side has caught the edge of the bridge.

"He actually passed another truck on the bridge, then the truck driver he passed has looked back in his mirror and seen dust (where) he's veered off."

Emergency services had to cut the driver's side door off the truck to access the driver and extract him from the vehicle.

Police said the driver was conscious and talking after the incident, and appeared to be suffering from non-life-threatening chest and head injuries.

The doors had to be cut off the truck in order for paramedics to be able to access the driver. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph
The doors had to be cut off the truck in order for paramedics to be able to access the driver. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph Andrew Thorpe

"Trucks don't have airbags. He's had a solid impact on the steering wheel," Senior Constable Cowell said.

Police on the scene said that at this stage there was no indication that alcohol or speed were contributing factors to the incident, and investigations were continuing.

The EPA has been contacted and is on its way out to the crash site after emergency services noticed that oil and diesel has spilled from the truck into the creek.

UPDATE 3.25pm: A RESCUE helicopter is on scene at a truck rollover on a Central Queensland highway.

The Queensland Ambulance Service has reported the helicopter's landing, stating the patient - the male driver - had sustained chest and head injuries.

The man's truck rolled off the Burnett Highway, about 90kms north of Biloela, about 1.30pm today.

The truck landed upright in the Callide Creek, three metres down the bank.

UPDATE 2.20pm:  A MALE truck driver has been rescued from his crashed vehicle and is  being treated by ambulance officers.

Reports indicate crews are now waiting for the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service to arrive at the scene to transport the man believed to be 55-years-old.

UPDATE 1.45pm: A TRUCK that has rolled on a Central Queensland highway is three metres down the bank of a creek.  

Some emergency service crews have arrived at the scene which is about 90kms north of Biloela on the Burnett Highway.   Reports indicate the truck is upright in Callide Creek near Jambin.  

INITIAL: 1.35pm: EMERGENCY services are responding to reports of a truck in a Central Queensland creek.  

Reports indicate a truck has crashed on the Burnett Highway between Biloela and Jambin.  

It is believed the crash is closer to Jambin.   Reports indicate a 55-year-old male is not alert, but is conscious and breathing.  

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