Officer in charge of Gympie Traffic Branch Sgt Peter Webster points out the truck's mudguard in the Land Cruiser wreckage.
Officer in charge of Gympie Traffic Branch Sgt Peter Webster points out the truck's mudguard in the Land Cruiser wreckage. Lee Gailer

Death-defying collision

A TRUCK was not to blame for a serious crash near Kilkivan on Wednesday evening which put a man in hospital with multiple injuries.

Police said a Land Cruiser station wagon hit the back of a truck parked in a rest area off the road about 4km south of Kilkivan on the Wide Bay Hwy.

Emergency services personnel at the scene could not believe the driver, a 67-year-old Kilkivan man, survived the impact, which wrote off the four-wheel drive, trapping his lower limbs under the dash and steering wheel.

Gympie ambulance paramedics and Fire and Rescue officers stabilised the trapped man while fire-fighters worked to free him.

The impact of the head-on collision was so great, it embedded one of the truck's mudguards into the crumpled steel of the wreckage.

Police said the stationary Western Star prime mover had a trailer and dog trailer hitched to it, which bore the brunt of the impact.

"No one could believe he survived," officer in charge of Gympie Traffic Branch, Sergeant Peter Webster said.

"He is still seriously ill in hospital with multiple injuries but I believe they are not life threatening."

It took about an hour for firefighters to cut the man out of the wreckage.

They used the jaws of life to remove the Land Cruiser's roof before they could free his lower limbs.

He was taken by ambulance to Kilkivan sports grounds where he was collected by a rescue helicopter and airlifted to Nambour Hospital, where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

Gympie Times


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