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FILE IMAGE Trish Bowman

Paramedic injured in power pole fall 'in good spirits'

1.30PM: THE paramedic injured in a strange accident at Yeppoon this morning is "in good spirits", according to Queensland Ambulance Service Chief Superintendent Steven Coombs. 

Chief Supt Coombs said he would be visiting the paramedic in Rockhampton Hospital this afternoon, where he is undergoing further tests to determine the extent of his spinal and shoulder injuries. 

He said it was an event the likes of which he'd not seen during 24 years in the service. 

"It just highlights the dangerous job we do in the community," Chief Supt Coombs said. 

The ambulance was significantly damaged, but was able to be driven back to the station and will be off the road for repairs. 

Chief Supt Coombs said the vehicles were a "significant asset" but could be repaired, and he was thankful the paramedic's injuries were not life-threatening. 

10.50AM: RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service airlifted the paramedic injured in an incident at Yeppoon today to Rockhampton Hospital with suspected spinal injuries. 

RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service Aircrewman Dave Patterson and a Queensland Ambulance Service paramedic were on their way to work when they saw a woman crash into a power pole near the Tanby Rd roundabout about 8am. 

They were assessing the driver and helped her from the vehicle. 

After the 19-year-old female driver had been helped from the vehicle, the power pole fell onto the ambulance and hit the paramedic. 

The ambulance damaged when a power pole fell as paramedics treated the driver of a car involved in a minor crash
The ambulance damaged when a power pole fell as paramedics treated the driver of a car involved in a minor crash RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue

The paramedic was stablised on scene and taken to Yeppoon Hospital with the driver of the vehicle. 

The paramedic was then airlifted to Rockhampton Hospital for further treatment. 

The female driver of the car that hit a power pole on Tanby Road roundabout in Yeppoon was taken to Yeppoon Hospital
The female driver of the car that hit a power pole on Tanby Road roundabout in Yeppoon was taken to Yeppoon Hospital Trish Bowman

9.20AM: A PARAMEDIC has suffered a back injury following an incident at Tanby Rd roundabout in Yeppoon.

The paramedic was taken to Yeppoon Hospital, along with a 19-year-old woman who had been involved in a minor traffic crash which the Queensland Ambulance Service crew was responding to at the time.

7.40AM: A QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson said Ergon Energy crews were planning to use a crane to hold the pole so the ambulance could be driven out.

Back up paramedics are on scene, but there are no condition updates.

7AM: AN AMBULANCE has been destroyed after a power pole fell on it while paramedics were assessing a patient.

The crew had responded to a minor crash at the Tanby Rd/Yeppoon Rd roundabout where a woman collided with a power pole at low speed.

The 19-year-old female driver was reported to have some neck pain following the crash.

While paramedics were assessing the woman in the ambulance, the power pole fell into the ambulance causing significant damage.

Initial reports suggest a paramedic has been injured in the incident.

Ergon Energy have been contacted and the power pole is still on the ambulance.



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