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

'Lucky to be alive': Rescued before ute bursts into flames

UPDATE 11.30am:

A DALBY man was dragged from a Ute by passing motorists just before it burst into flames, police have said of the horror crash that left five people injured on the Wide Bay Highway this morning at Kilkivan.  

"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.   

Fire and Rescue area manager Kent Mayne said all passengers were lucky to survive the two car head-on collision that occurred just after 8.30am.   

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

"One car caught fire and one person was trapped in the other car, " he said.  

A car that caught fire during a serious crash at Kilkivan on Friday morning. The passengers were lucky to escape, a witness said.
A car that caught fire during a serious crash at Kilkivan on Friday morning. The passengers were lucky to escape, a witness said. Philippe Coquerand

He said a complex rescue operation, that took up to an hour, involving hydraulic rescue tools followed before the patient, a woman in her 80s, was flown to Sunshine Coast University Hospital.  

The woman remains in a serious condition.   

Four other people were taken to various hospitals.   

The car fire started a grass fire, he said, that rural fire officers on the scene were call in to extinguish.   

Officer Mayne said it was dire warning to motorist as the school holidays come to a close.   

"We're leading 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."  

UPDATE:

THE Wide Bay Highway will be closed for at least three hours as the scene of a horrific crash is investigated at Kilkivan, police have confirmed.

EARLIER 10.30am:

FIVE people have been hurt in a serious two car crash which incinerated one vehicle near Kilkivan this morning.

Almost a dozen emergency vehicles including the RACQ Lifeflight helicopter are at the scene of the crash, which happened just after 8.30am near the intersection of the Wide Bay Highway and Spencer Rd.

 

It is believed the two vehicles collided head-on.

One reportedly burst into flames after the crash and the passengers were lucky to have not been killed, a witness said.

 

Emergency services at a serious crash at Kilkivan.
Emergency services at a serious crash at Kilkivan. Philippe Coquerand

A QAS spokesman said a woman in her 80s was trapped in the wreck, and suffered serious leg and pelvic injuries.

It took more than an hour to free her.

A man in his 70s suffered chest injuries, and three other people have been taken to Gympie Hospital with minor injuries.

These include two other men in their 70s, one suffering head injuries and the other receiving minor injuries, and a woman in her 40s with minor injuries.

The road has been closed and a detour put in place.

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