Policeman, little girl both fighting in a critical condition
THE 44-year-old Mackay police officer who was seriously injured when he was hit by a car on Wednesday night remains in a stable but critical condition in Townsville General Hospital.
The off-duty police officer was exercising on Glenella-Richmond Rd when the accident occurred. He was airlifted from Mackay Base Hospital early Thursday.
In a separate incident, a five-year-old who was crushed by a horse was flown from the Mackay Base Hospital to Townsville overnight and is in a stable but critical condition after receiving "very serious injuries".
The child was injured when she fell from the horse she was riding and it landed on top of her at the family's property at Orkabie, about 88km south of Mackay.
RACQ CQ Rescue was called to airlift the injured child from the property. Rescue crewman Arno Schoonwinkel said the girl, who was accompanied by her father on the 20-minute flight, was "really incredibly brave although in a lot of pain".
"Despite such a horrible ordeal she was very calm on the helicopter. Having her dad there with her would cetainly have helped".