A 55-year-old man sustained serious chest and head injuries after his ute hit a tree just metres from the driveway of his cattle property and was airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital by an RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter.
RACQ CQ Rescue crew members said the man, who was not wearing a seat belt, had smashed his head into both the front and back windscreen of the single cab ute and his chest and ribs were crushed by the impact of the steering wheel.
The impact of hitting the windscreen was so severe, an imprint of his face was visible in the shattered glass.
The man, believed to be a resident on the property, had been checking on cattle when his Toyota Landcruiser ute ran off Sarina-Marlborough Road and smashed head-on into a tree just 20 metres from his property entrance.
The accident was discovered by a passing motorist.
RACQ CQ Rescue was called to the scene at 7.30pm and landed on the cattle property airstrip close to the crash area about 30 minutes later with a doctor and Critical Care Paramedic on board.
The man remained conscious as he was treated by rescuers and told air crew members he couldn’t remember how the accident had occurred.
He arrived at Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition at approximately 9.30pm.