Man dies from massive injuries after crash into tree
MONDAY | 10am: A 43-YEAR-OLD Sunshine Coast man has died at Monto Hospital after a serious crash on the Burnett Highway late yesterday morning.
Officer in Charge of Monto Police Station Sergeant Mick Bazzo said the man suffered "massive internal injuries" after his ute smashed into a tree about 25km out of Monto at 11.30am.
"Three fire crews and ambulances were there. They all worked frantically to stabilise him for transport," Sgt Bazzo said.
He told the NewsMail the man had been conscious and talking, albeit in a lot of pain, prior to the arrival of emergency services.
"Monto Hospital staff worked non-stop. He was being prepared to be flown to Brisbane when he passed away," he said.
A QPS spokesperson confirmed there would be no investigation into the crash.
He said police deemed the accident a "medical incident" and believed it was caused by the driver's "serious ongoing medical condition".
"We don't believe drugs or alcohol were an issue," Sgt Bazzo added.
The man's family, who live in Brisbane, have been informed.
About five minutes after the crash near Galloways Lane, passing motorist Trudy George and her family noticed the wreck on the other side of the road.
"A few cars had already stopped. Chris (her husband) helped him get out of the car ... no one had any service," she told the NewsMail.
Mrs George and her family left the scene about 20 minutes after arriving, before paramedics and fireys showed up.
"The kids were in the car and frightened. It was so so scary. He couldn't speak. He was moaning in pain so much. But he was insistent on getting out of the car.
"Another man and lady took control. The car was against the barbed wire. The man helping had to knock the pole holding the wire, to get to the door.
"The lady and I pulled on the door while my husband and the other man helped him out onto some blankets.
"He had documents in the car that seemed to indicate he'd recently been in hospital - scripts and discharge forms."
Mrs George said she thought the man had been traveling north on the 100km/h highway when he ran off the road.
"He crossed the line and hit the biggest tree on the opposite side of the road.There were clear track marks," she said.
"I was so scared to approach as I was scared of what I will see."
A number of caravan drivers also stopped when they saw the wreck, with one driver rushing to a nearby house to try and find a phone.
Sgt Bazzo implored drivers to "Plan ahead, stay safe out there and drive to conditions".
He said these situations never got easier to hear about.
"A lot of people could've just driven past, but they didn't. They pulled over and helped," Sgt Bazzo said, thanking everyone who helped out.
"It's one of the obligations of driving a vehicle ... pulling over and rendering assistance."
Sgt Bazzo said while every crash was different, typically the victims would "remain in the vehicle until emergency services got there, to not risk any further injury".
"But it's really a judgement call each time."
SUNDAY | 2pm: A MIDDLE-AGED man is set to be airlifted to hospital after a serious crash at Monto earlier today.
A Bundaberg ambulance spokesman said the patient suffered a head injury and multiple abrasions.
The man was in and out of consciousness as well.
He was taken to Monto Hospital by ambulance before being prepared to be flown to Brisbane.
SUNDAY | 12.45pm: WITNESSES to this afternoon's crash at Monto have managed to help extract the driver from the vehicle.
A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman said officers were still on scene, which has been classified as serious.
The person's condition is yet to be confirmed.
SUNDAY | 12pm: PARAMEDICS are treating one person following a car crash at Monto.
About 11.30am emergency services responded to reports of a single-vehicle collision into a tree on the Burnett Highway.
The incident is near Galloways Lane.
Initial reports are the occupant is concious and breathing but trapped inside the vehicle.
Police are yet to arrive on scene but are on their way.
This is a developing story. Updates to follow.