Crash near Tieri, photo by RACQ CQ Rescue.
Crash near Tieri, photo by RACQ CQ Rescue.

Boy critical but stable in hospital after crash near Tieri

MONDAY 4PM: The 12-year-old boy is still in Townsville Hospital in a critical but stable condition.

The 21-year-old man is still stable in Mackay Base Hospital.

 

UPDATE: The 12-year-old boy has been transported to Townsville Hospital where he is in a critical but stable, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The 21-year-old man remains in Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition.

RACQ CQ Rescue landed near the motocross track in Tieri to airlift two patients to Mackay Base Hospital yesterday after a serious head-on collision. Photo RACQ-CQ Rescue
RACQ CQ Rescue landed near the motocross track in Tieri to airlift two patients to Mackay Base Hospital yesterday after a serious head-on collision. Photo RACQ-CQ Rescue Contributed

EARLIER: A 12-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man were airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a head-on crash between two dirt bikes on a motocross track near Tieri on Saturday.

RACQ CQ Rescue was tasked about 4.15pm and had to reconfigure the aircraft for dual stretchers before flying 262 nautical miles to retrieve the two patients and transfer them to Mackay Base Hospital.

The 12-year-old boy, from Tieri, sustained multiple fractures and the 21-year-old Mackay man suffered severe concussion and deep lacerations in the crash.

RACQ CQ Rescue arrived on scene about 5.50pm, landing in a grassed area adjacent to the motocross track.

The trauma team, including a doctor and an intensive care paramedic, spent almost three hours on the ground stabilising the two patients for transfer to further specialist care in Mackay.

The helicopter arrived at Mackay Base Hospital with both patients aboard about 9pm.

An RACQ CQ Rescue spokesperson said it had unfortunately been an incredibly busy start to 2016 for the Mackay-based rescue helicopter which had flown 854 nautical miles (1581km) in just three days to airlift eight patients to hospital.

About 1am Sunday, an American tourist on Hayman Island was the third patient to be airlifted from the Whitsundays this weekend.

The rescue helicopter had also been tasked to Proserpine on Friday and Saturday as well as Glenden, the spokesperson said.


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