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8 February, 2021

Injured rider airlifted after slamming into tree on dirt track

A dirt bike rider suffered serious chest and head injuries after slamming into a tree near popular recreational area, Captain’s Crossing, last Saturday.

By Andrew Sorensen

RACQ CQ Rescue winched a seriously injured dirt bike rider from a remote track at Captain’s Crossing, near Teemburra Dam, on Saturday. Photo: RACQ CQ Rescue

The Mackay rider had been following a rough dirt trail from Eungella Dam through to Pinnacle with friends when the bike hit a large rock, flipping the rider over the handlebars.

He slammed into a tree at approximately 60km/h.

His face and chest took the brunt of the injuries and suffered facial lacerations, chest injuries, a broken left femur and possible spinal injuries.

RACQ CQ Rescue flew up the Pioneer Valley to the car park at Teemburra Dam to offload the aircraft's Stryker stretcher and reconfigure the cabin for a winch rescue.

The car Park became a staging area for RACQ CQ rescue as they attempted to extricate the seriously injured rider from an inaccessible part of the forest in a rescue that took about four hours.

They then flew to the accident scene and a rescue crewman and paramedic were winched down to the bush track to render medical aid to the patient.

The aircraft returned to the dam car-park to wait for word the trauma team was ready to winch.

Fifty minutes later, once the patient was ready, RACQ CQ Rescue returned to the accident scene to hover about 10 metres overhead.

From there, they winched up the paramedic and patient, in a stretcher, and the rescue crewman into the aircraft.

The chopper flew back to the dam car-park so the patient could be transferred to the Stryker stretcher.

Once the rider was secured and the aircraft again reconfigured, Rescue 412 departed for the Mackay Base Hospital with the patient in a stable condition.

The aircraft arrived about 4pm.

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