Queensland Fire and Rescue officer Shane Cartwright (left) and paramedics pull the 26-year-old woman to safety. The woman was trapped in her car on the edge of a cliff for 11 hours at Killarney.
Queensland Fire and Rescue officer Shane Cartwright (left) and paramedics pull the 26-year-old woman to safety. The woman was trapped in her car on the edge of a cliff for 11 hours at Killarney. Georja Ryan, Warwick Daily News

Blind woman trapped for 11 hours

A BLIND woman has spent a terrifying 11 hours trapped in a car teetering on the edge on a cliff at Killarney.

The 26-year-old woman and her assistance dog were freed during a combined rescue operation between firefighters, police, and paramedics yesterday.

The young woman, a 55-year-old woman, and a 45-year-old man were travelling on Spring Creek Rd when their Holden Commodore station wagon left the road and rolled over an embankment about 10.30pm on Sunday.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Warwick station officer Dennis Burton said the car came to rest on its side against a tree.

"The rear roof area of the vehicle was supported by a small tree which stopped the vehicle falling in excess of 100 metres over the cliff," Mr Burton said.

It is believed the man was able to free himself and get help about 7.30am.

Mr Burton praised the quick actions of a Killarney RACQ tow truck driver who was first on scene and attached a winch to the car to stop it from sliding any further.

Emergency services immediately secured the vehicle by attaching heavy duty winches when they arrived.

A specialist firefighter trained in vertical rescue was lowered down to the car in a harness.

He then took an ambulance officer down in a harness and the woman was freed from the wreckage.

The 26-year-old Crestmead woman was rescued about 9.45am.

She was taken to the Warwick Hospital.

The older woman was suffering from chest pain and was airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

"It was quite a challenging job," Mr Burton said.

"I'd like to commend all fire service personnel for doing a fantastic job," he said.



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