Police thank passers-by for stopping to save man's life
UPDATE: Police are grateful to the passers-by who stopped to help the victim of a serious crash on the Bruce Hwy at Bells Ck yesterday.
Beerwah police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Kim Cavell said a car landed upside down in the centre medium strip, caught fire and trapped the seriously injured driver.
"One witness used a fire extinguisher retrieved from his own vehicle to extinguish the fire," Snr Sgt Cavell said.
"Numerous people stopped and righted the vehicle and attempted to extricate the driver."
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However, she said firefighters and police were required to cut him free from the vehicle before he was airlifted to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.
"The combined efforts from these members of the public who stopped and rendered assistance no doubt contributed to the driver being alive and their efforts are acknowledged by emergency services.
"It also serves as a reminder to all members of the public to take care on our highways and always be aware of what vehicles may be travelling around you.
"We ultimately all want to arrive safely at our destinations."
EARLIER: THE Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the serious crash on the Bruce Hwy at Bells Creek on Wednesday afternoon that left a man in a serious condition.
Police said initial investigations suggested about 3.50pm the car was travelling north on the Bruce Hwy, swerved into the median strip, became airborne and rolled, trapping the man who was driving.
The driver, a 47-yer-old Yandina man, was pulled from his car after an hour of effort by emergency services, then airlifted to Brisbane for treatment.
He sustained possible internal and head injuries and was taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
TRAFFIC is flowing again southbond on the Bruce Highway near Bells Creek.
Northbound is still congested and motorists are being urged to be patient.
ONE lane in each direction on the Bruce Highway is open again after an earlier crash at Bells Creek.
Long delays are still expected.
A 47-year-old male patient has been airlifted to Royal Brisbane Hospital by the Sunshine Coast RACQ CareFlight rescue helicopter after a single vehicle rollover on the Bruce Highway this afternoon.
Traffic is still expected to be delayed for some time and motorists are being urged to avoid the area if possible.
BOTH Southbond lanes of the Bruce Highway are closed after a single vehicle rolled into the median strip this afternoon.
Traffic is also congested northbound and long delays are expected.
Paramedics are currently on scene treating a male patient with a head injury.
POLICE and paramedics are on scene of a single vehicle rollover in the median strip on the Bruce Highway near Roys Road.
Emergency services were called to the incident at 3.50pm and are treating one patient who is in a serious condition.
There are reports that the car involved in the crash was on fire but had been extinguished before emergency services arrived.
A rescue helicopter has been tasked to airlift the patient.
Delays are expected due to a partial lane closure.