ABSOLUTE BRAVERY: If it wasn't for the brave actions of 16-year-old Dylan Morris and his father Josh Morris (inset), an elderly man from Dalby could have died after a fiery head-on crash on the Wide Bay Highway, near Kilkivan earlier today. Dylan and Josh saved the day.
ABSOLUTE BRAVERY: If it wasn't for the brave actions of 16-year-old Dylan Morris and his father Josh Morris (inset), an elderly man from Dalby could have died after a fiery head-on crash on the Wide Bay Highway, near Kilkivan earlier today. Dylan and Josh saved the day. Philippe Coquerand

Seconds from death: Heroes rescue man before Ute explodes

AN ELDERLY man from Dalby is lucky to be alive thanks to the heroic efforts of bystanders who helped pull him from his burning vehicle, only seven seconds before it exploded on the Wide Bay Highway this morning.

 

A serious crash at Kilkivan
A serious crash at Kilkivan Philippe Coquerand

Gympie family, Kellie Munn and her partner Josh Morris and 16-year-old son Dylan Morris were travelling to Stanthorpe when they arrived on scene at the horrific head-on collision, near Kilkivan.

 

They described it as an absolute nightmare with images and sounds they will never forget.

 

BRAVERY: Gympie Josh Morris with his 16-year-old son Dylan Morris were two of the bystanders who helped rescue an elderly man from his burning car, seconds before it exploded. Their actions have helped save his life.
BRAVERY: Gympie Josh Morris with his 16-year-old son Dylan Morris were two of the bystanders who helped rescue an elderly man from his burning car, seconds before it exploded. Their actions have helped save his life. CONTRIBUTED

 

BRAVERY: Gympie family helps save elderly man from burning car after a horror head-on collision on the Wide Bay Highway on Friday October 4. Pictured is Dylan Morris with his wife Kellie Munn and Kellie's daughter Jade (centre).
BRAVERY: Gympie family helps save elderly man from burning car after a horror head-on collision on the Wide Bay Highway on Friday October 4. Pictured is Dylan Morris with his wife Kellie Munn and Kellie's daughter Jade (centre). CONTRIBUTED

"It was a terrible head-on. Our first thought was that somebody is dead up here," Ms Munn said.

"The ute was engulfed very quickly and the next thing, we see the paddock is alight.

"We thought the fire would spread towards the other car, so we were panicking quite a bit."

 

A horror head-on crash on the Wide Bay Highway, near Kilkivan on Friday morning.
A horror head-on crash on the Wide Bay Highway, near Kilkivan on Friday morning. Philippe Coquerand

A Sunshine Coast woman was one of the saviours of the day supplying the lifesaving tool of a small bladed knife which was used to cut the seatbelt, so Josh and his son could free the man.

They also had to remove him from underneath the steering wheel.

 

A horror head-on crash on the Wide Bay Highway, near Kilkivan on Friday morning.
A horror head-on crash on the Wide Bay Highway, near Kilkivan on Friday morning. Philippe Coquerand

Within seconds of carrying the injured man out of the car - Dylan carrying the legs, and Josh carrying the upper body - a gas bottle on the back of the Ute's tray exploded.

A Hervey Bay family laid injured in the crushed Pajero.

 

A serious crash at Kilkivan
A serious crash at Kilkivan Philippe Coquerand

"Josh went to the other car and ripped the passenger door open, moved stuff off her lap," she said.

The second car contained a family, with a woman in her 80s severely crushed in the passenger seat.

Fire and rescue officers took two hours to free the woman using the jaws of life to remove the doors and push the dash forward.

 

A car bursts into flames on the Wide Bay Highway, near Kilkivan earlier this morning.
A car bursts into flames on the Wide Bay Highway, near Kilkivan earlier this morning. Kellie Munn

She was airlifted to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a critical condition, but it was upgraded to serious, but stable last night.

Her husband managed to escape the vehicle with minor injuries and another woman in her 40s received minor injuries.

 

A man in being tendered to by paramedics after a horror head-on collision on the Wide Bay Highway earlier today.
A man in being tendered to by paramedics after a horror head-on collision on the Wide Bay Highway earlier today. CONTRIBUTED

They were both taken to the Gympie Hospital in a stable condition.

Ms Munn said she was incredibly proud her partner's efforts alongside others to rescue the injured man.

"It was great seeing them all work together, risking their own lives to save them," she said.

"We will never forget this crash. Dylan said he couldn't get the image of the women's leg out of his head."

Fire and Rescue area manager Kent Mayne said all passengers were lucky to survive.

 

A horror head-on crash on the Wide Bay Highway, near Kilkivan on Friday morning.
A horror head-on crash on the Wide Bay Highway, near Kilkivan on Friday morning. Philippe Coquerand

"This is actually a significant and a severe crash and everyone who has survived has been very lucky to survive," he said.

"We're pleading with people to take care and slow down on the roads - we're not at the end of the school holidays yet and unfortunately we're just having more and more of these road crashes with our region."

Kilkivan officer-in-charge Hans Van Kempen said the bystanders actions saved the day.

"Great motorists who have assisted have dragged an older man from a Ute just prior to it going into flames. They've done an outstanding job to remove him," he said.

"Outstanding members of the public who have come on scene first have been able to drag the older gentleman from the ute before it burst into flames and have assisted the other ones in the pajero until emergency services arrived.

"The ability for the passerbyers to drag the man out, I would dare say has saved his life."

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the crash.

Gympie Times


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