German tourist loses leg after Noosa driver loses control

MOWED DOWN: The chaotic scene near Hastings St where a car hit two backpackers before slamming into a tree.
MOWED DOWN: The chaotic scene near Hastings St where a car hit two backpackers before slamming into a tree. Gail Forrer

A GERMAN backpacker now lies in an induced coma after his holiday of a lifetime on the Sunshine Coast was shattered in an instant.

Doctors had no choice but to amputate one of Vincent Bosk's legs.

The 24-year-old was walking across Noosa Pde on Monday afternoon with a mate, when he was struck by an out-of-control car.

Mr Bosk suffered severe injuries to both his legs and arms in the accident no-one saw coming.

A Noosa life guard was first on the scene, followed by paramedics who worked to bandage Mr Bosk's wounds before the RACQ Careflight Rescue Helicopter airlifted him to Nambour General Hospital.

He remains in intensive care and by his side is his father, who has travelled to Australia to support his son.

Police believe a 63-year-old woman driver lost control of her car at the top of Noosa Pde near The Reef Hotel, where it mounted a gutter and tore down towards the bus terminal.

The car eventually crashed into a tree. The driver suffered serious injuries and is recovering in Nambour General Hospital.

Acting Sergeant Dave Lonergan said results of pathology tests, which could be weeks away, would determine whether alcohol or drugs were a factor.

"This will be a prolonged investigation," Acting Sgt Lonergan said.

"From talking to the family, they are just grateful he is alive, it could have been a lot worse."

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