Bajool crash victim flown to Royal Brisbane Hospital today
UPDATE 3.20PM: The 24-year-old Rockhampton man, whose leg was amputated during a car crash on Port Alma Rd yesterday, has been flown to Royal Brisbane Hospital this afternoon in a critical condition.
UPDATE 9.45PM: A Rockhampton Hospital spokeswoman has confirmed the 24-year-old man, who had his leg amputated during yesterday's crash at Bajool, is this morning in a critical condition in Rocky hospital.
The spokeswoman says the man could be flown to Brisbane later today.
Meanwhile the 38-year-old driver is believed to have sustained a broken ankle.
UPDATE 9.30PM: The mother of the man, who died in yesterday's fatal crash at Bajool, is still trying to be located and contacted, a Rockhampton Police spokesman says this morning.
The spokesman says the man's next of kin in Bundaberg have been contacted.
Meanwhile, authorities are still trying to establish exactly how the crash happened.
We will provide updates throughout the day.
The Morning Bulletin would like to correct an error in today's print edition: we stated the three men involved in the crash worked at Cheetham Salt Ltd. The three men in the car worked at neighbouring Pacific Salt Pty Ltd. We apologise for the error
THIS MORNING: Three workmates from Pacific Salt Pty Ltd had just finished their shift yesterday afternoon when tragedy struck.
About 3pm, 500m from their work site in Port Alma Rd, the white Holden Commodore they were in veered off the road and struck a power pole.
A Rockhampton man, believed to be 47 or 48 years old, was killed in the car crash.
His next of kin were notified of his death yesterday.
Rockhampton Police's acting Inspector Adam Muir said the man was a passenger in the back seat of the vehicle.
He confirmed that a 24-year-old Rockhampton man's leg was amputated during the crash.
The Cheetham Salt Ltd worker, who also sustained injuries to his spine and chest, was last night in a critical but stable condition in Rockhampton Hospital.
A 38-year-old man who was driving the car escaped serious injury and was also transported to Rockhampton Hospital, as a precaution.
Insp Muir said the forensic crash unit and other authorities would be investigating the cause of the crash.
As is the case with forensic crash unit investigations, factors like speed, fatigue and the presence of intoxicating substances would be considered, Insp Muir said.
He also said it was unclear how the accident happened.
The car was believed to have been travelling towards Bajool when the driver lost control of the vehicle on Port Alma Rd.
The crash is the second fatal traffic accident in Central Queensland in the past 36 hours.
Police are investigating a two-vehicle traffic crash south of Miriam Vale on Sunday afternoon.
Two people were killed at the scene. The driver of a truck, involved in the crash, died at the scene.
A passenger in the truck was entrapped for a period of time before being taken to hospital with serious injuries.
So far this year, there have been more than 40 traffic crashes in the Central Region.