RACQ LifeFlight Rescue airlifts two car crash patients

Drivers have been warned to take care on the roads, after two people were airlifted to hospital after they were seriously injured in separate motor vehicle crashes within hours of one another.

A woman suffered multiple injuries when she lost control of her car and smashed into a tree near Gympie on Monday.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aeromedical team worked alongside paramedics from the Queensland Ambulance Service to stabilise the woman, before she was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a serious condition.

Shortly after the crew returned to the RACQ LifeFlight Sunshine Coast base, it was tasked to a second crash, in the Fraser Coast region, where a logging truck and had collided with a van.

A man in his twenties, who was a passenger in the van, suffered suspected spinal and head injuries and was flown to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

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RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said although National Road Safety Week was over, motorists needed to ensure they always drove to the conditions and considered the Fatal Five.

“We’re pleading with drivers to take care on the roads each and every day. Four people lost their lives in crashes across Queensland during last week’s campaign – and the worst part is these tragedies are avoidable,” Ms Hunter said.

“Everyone deserves to return home safely so think carefully before you get behind the wheel. That means not driving if you’re tired, distracted or impacted by drugs or alcohol, making sure everyone has a seatbelt and sticking to the speed limit.”