The State Government’s QGAir rescue helicopter at the Wide Bay Highway crash on Wednesday (Photo: RACQ LifeFlight)

October 14, 2020

Three people were critically injured in a head-on crash on the Wide Bay Highway on Wednesday morning.

Emergency services – including critical care paramedics – were called to the collision between an Isuzu dualcab ute and a Commodore sedan near Woolooga just after 10:30am.

A police spokesperson said one of the vehicles caught on fire after the crash.

A bystander managed to extinguish the flames before emergency services reached the scene.

A QAS spokesperson said a man, aged in his 40s, was trapped in the wreckage and had to be cut free by the QFES.

He was flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition with significant head, abdominal and limb injuries.

The spokesperson said a woman, also aged in her 40s, was airlifted in a critical condition to the same hospital with significant abdominal injuries. Another woman, aged in her 70s, was transported by road ambulance in a critical condition to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital with upper limb and abdominal injuries. Critical care paramedics accompanied her in the ambulance.

Two rescue helicopters – from QGAir and RACQ LifeFlight – were called to the scene and landed near the crash site on the highway.

The Wide Bay Highway was blocked for four hours while emergency services worked to stabilise the three patients.

It reopened about 2:30pm.

The Police Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the cause of the collision.

Police have called for any witnesses – or motorists with dashcam footage – to contact Policelink on 13-14-44.

UPDATE: Police have since clarified there were two men and a woman involved in the incident: A 59-year-old woman and a 58-year-old man from Veteran, in the Isuzu; and a 33-year-old Kilkivan man who was the driver and sole occupant of the Commodore.

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