As the tree snapped, a large branch fell directly across the vehicle, pinning the driver inside (Photo: Supplied)

January 9, 2022

Two people were injured – one seriously – after a large tree snapped suddenly, crushing their car on the Bunya Mountains Road on Sunday morning.

Emergency services were called to the incident just after 9:30am, east of Munro’s Camp.

Upon arrival they found the male driver pinned by a large branch inside his vehicle.

Emergency crews worked for almost two hours to cut him free.

His wife, who was a passenger in the car, suffered only minor injuries.

An RACQ LifeFlight helicopter landed a few hundred metres from the incident to assist.

The LifeFlight critical care doctor, QAS flight paramedic and local QAS paramedics treated the man at the scene for multiple traumatic injuries.

He was then transferred by ambulance to the rescue helicopter before being airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a serious condition.

His wife was airlifted to the same hospital in a stable condition.

At 2:45pm, all traffic on the Bunya Mountains Road near the incident was still blocked.

Emergency services at the scene of Sunday morning’s incident on the Bunya Mountains (Photo: Supplied)
The falling tree spread debris across the Bunya Mountains Road (Photo: Supplied)
Emergency services, including the Bunya Mountains RFB, were quickly at the scene (Photo: Supplied)
QFES crews worked alongside paramedics to free the trapped driver (Photo: RACQ LifeFlight)

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3 Responses to "Falling Branch Crushes Driver"

  1. Hope all concerned are ok. We always worry about that at the Bunyas. Been going for many years. Great job to all the workers and paramedics. Our best wishes to you all.

  2. This was an accident just waiting to happen. There are an extremely large number of trees across the South Burnett that pose a great danger to road users. I myself have seen a tree fall across the Kingaroy-Cooyar Rd, and saw that it fell as the result of termite infestation.

    Is time for Council to spend the money needed and identify, then remove the trees that are putting road users at risk of critical injury or god forbid, death.

  3. Before the rescue crews arrived there were others already assisting. My teenage granddaughter and her boyfriend were first on the scene, she called emergency services, helped the wife and stayed at the scene until the services arrived.

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