Woman trapped beneath vehicle
AN INJURED woman was trapped under her upside-down car in a swollen creek for 90 minutes, after a car crash near Gayndah about 4.30pm yesterday.
The 50-year-old’s leg was caught between the roof of her vehicle and a rock in the water, after her car rolled at a bridge crossing Barambah Creek, 10km east of Gayndah.
It is believed a passenger in the vehicle escaped the crash unharmed and managed to raise the alarm.
Emergency services helped the conscious woman keep her head above water, while they frantically worked to move the heavy vehicle.
“When we arrived, police, ambulances and Queensland Fire and Rescue (from Gayndah) were all there,” AGL Action Rescue helicopter pilot Dennis Branch said.
“The woman was trapped under the car, which was upside down in the creek. It appears she may have tried to exit the vehicle as it rolled, and her leg has been caught between the roof and a rock.”
While the creek had been flooded after recent rain, it is believed the water was starting to go down when the crash occurred — a situation which may have saved the woman’s life.
“She was very lucky — if the water had still been rising, it could have been extremely serious,” Mr Branch said.
The woman was eventually freed about 6pm, after Queensland Fire and Rescue Gayndah managed to jack the vehicle up enough to release her leg.
She was flown to Bundaberg Hospital with a suspected fractured leg.