Two men thrown from vehicle
TWO Mary Valley men are in serious condition in hospital after being thrown out of their rolling Holden Rodeo 4WD yesterday afternoon.
One man, the driver thought to be in his early 40s, was catapulted 30 metres down Kandanga-Imbil Road, coming to rest in a ditch.
The accident happened around 3pm near Imbil Police Sergeant Terry Kennedy’s Mary Valley property.
Mr Kennedy was mowing his front paddock on a ride-on mower when he noticed the white 4WD heading toward Gympie lose control and cross to the wrong side of the road.
As the vehicle went over the crest just past his property he saw the rear of the vehicle fly into the air.
It then barrel rolled numerous times before coming to rest on an embankment above the road.
He said when he arrived on the scene two men, the driver and front passenger, had been thrown out of the rolling vehicle while a male teenager was still in the backseat of the 4WD when it came to rest.
Mr Kennedy said another landowner on the opposite side of the road saw the driver slide 30 metres along the bitumen.
He eventually came to rest in a drainage ditch beside the road. The front seat passenger, a man in his mid- 20s, was found lying injured in long grass near the 4WD.
Mr Kennedy called Snr Constable Bill Greer from the Imbil police for help and stayed with the men until Emergency Services arrived to stabilise them.
Ambulance officers treated the injuries while police and Fire and Rescue officers found a safe place for the rescue chopper to land.
Both men sustained serious injuries. The driver had severe abrasions, a gash to the head and suspected internal injuries and was transported to Nambour Hospital by road.
The front seat passenger sustained head, torso injuries and had multiple leg fractures.
He was transported to Royal Brisbane Hospital by RACQ CareFlight chopper.
The third male walked from the crash relatively unscathed with only minor injuries.
Police were still investigating the cause of the accident yesterday afternoon.
A Nambour Hospital spokesperson said the driver was in a serious but stable condition last night.