Fatal Five reminder for holiday season

As we head into a busy time on the roads RACQ CapRescue urges the Central Queensland community to be attentive and safe whilst travelling.

This comes after a month that saw all Motor vehicle Accidents attended by the crew involving a single vehicle.

It started on the 7th of November when the crew were called to Emu Park for a woman in her mid-40s who had exited the road and impacted with a tree, causing the vehicle to ignite.

Multiple emergency service personnel attended the scene to assist the woman.

She suffered suspected head injuries and burns from the incident and was treated onsite by the On-Board Medical Crew and flown to Rockhampton Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

It was an awful day on the roads on the 26th of November, with two motor vehicle accidents within 12 hours of each other.

Early in the morning, CapRescue was tasked to Yeppoon Hospital to meet Queensland Ambulance Service Paramedics, who had responded to a single motor vehicle accident.

It is believed the vehicle carrying two males aged in their late teens and early twenties, exited a section of Adelaide Park Road in Yeppoon. Both patients were treated on scene for suspected head and spinal injuries. One was transported to the Yeppoon Hospital Helipad, where the Rescue300 Medical Crew conducted a further assessment. He was stabilised and air transported to Rockhampton Hospital for further scans and treatment.

The remaining male patient was road transported to Rockhampton Hospital in a stable condition also for further treatment.

Later that afternoon, another Motor vehicle Accident prompted a call out to CapRescue to Kokotungo, approximately 100km Southwest of Rockhampton.

It is believed the vehicle exited a section of road on the Leichhardt Highway, impacting a tree. The driver, an elderly woman in her 80s, was removed from the vehicle by a passer-by before the vehicle erupted into flames.

The patient was stabilised by the Onboard Medical Crew, and air transported to Rockhampton Hospital for further treatment in a serious condition.

The holiday season is just around the corner, and RACQ CapRescue again reminds those driving of the fatal 5 avoid Distraction, don’t Drive under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, Don’t Speed, Take breaks and plan your trip and always remember to wear your seatbelt!