UPDATE: 4WD rolllover caused possible spinal injuries: watch

A QUEENSLAND ambulance spokeswoman has revealed new details of the extent of the injuries suffered by an elderly man who rolled his car around a kilometre north of Mt Larcom on the Bruce Hwy yesterday.

The driver, aged in his mid-60s -- despite initial reports he was 75 -- suffered a compound fracture to his arm, meaning bone pierced his skin.

Paramedics treated the man, 75, for over an hour before he was airlifted to Rockhampton Base Hospital.
Paramedics treated the man, 75, for over an hour before he was airlifted to Rockhampton Base Hospital.

The spokeswoman also said the driver, who was airlifted to Rockhampton Base Hospital, also suffered "possible spinal injuries".

The driver rolled his 4WD multiple times before it ended up on its side on the road's shoulder.

The accident shut down the Bruce Hwy as emergency services used the Jaws of Life to cut the entrapped driver out of the vehicle, and a rescue helicopter landed on the middle of the road. 

EARLIER: 

THE Bruce Hwy was shut down one kilometre north of Mt Larcom when a rescue helicopter landed in the middle of the road after a single vehicle car rollover.

Cars were banked up for over a kilometre as emergency personnel treated a 75-year-old man who had rolled his car multiple times before it ended up on its side on the shoulder of the road.

Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to cut through the roof of the vehicle to free the driver.

Paramedic Lynton Goodman, first on the scene, tried to slow bleeding from deep wounds on the man's right shoulder.

He believes the man had other injuries, including "a few broken bones" to the left side of his body.

 

"Initially, all I could do was alleviate his pain by giving him some pain relief, and making sure he was ready to be extricated," he said.

"It's quite a scary situation when you are the driver. There are a lot of cracks and thumping when they are opening the vehicle."

Emergency personnel treated the driver for more than an hour on the road before he was airlifted to Rockhampton Base Hospital.

An elderly man has rolled his car.
An elderly man has rolled his car.

Mr Goodman said the driver couldn't remember how the accident occurred.

"He only remembers being on the road one minute and being on the side of the road the next," he said. 

UPDATE 2.27pm:

The man has now been removed from the car, the top of the car appears to have been cut open. There are two fire units and three ambulance units on the scene, as well as two police cars.

The man is now on a stretcher, his injuries unknown. The helicopter has landed on the highway.

Traffic is backed up on either side of the accident scene, there is no movement in traffic now that the helicopter has landed.
 

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UPDATE 1.54pm:

A Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said she believed a rescue helicopter had been sent to the accident 1km north of Mt Larcom.

The driver, who is still trapped in the car, is thought to have at least a fractured arm but the extent of his injuries aren't yet known.

INITIAL:

A MAN is trapped in a vehicle after it rolled multiple times near Mt Larcom.

There are conflicting reports that the vehicle has rolled either 500m to 2km north of the Choice Service Station.

Police and paramedics are currently racing to the scene.

More to come.


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