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Serious crash, Mackay

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A man who was trapped in his car for more than an hour after it smashed into a tree near Broken River has been airlifted to Townsville Hospital in a critical condition.

The man, believed to be in his early 40s, was driving along Eungella Dam Road and failed to take a bend near the Broken River Eco resort, about 86km north-west of Mackay, about 9am.

RACQ CQ Rescue, with a doctor and Critical Care Paramedic on board, was tasked by Queensland Health and flew direct to the scene within 30 minutes, landing in a clearing near the Eungella Dam Road.

The rescue helicopter crew waited for more than an hour as Queensland Fire and Rescue Service personnel carefully extricated the man, who had suffered multiple injuries, from the wreckage of the vehicle.

Freeing him from the car was difficult as the vehicle had come to rest about 10 metres down a dense bush embankment.

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The patient was treated by the flying trauma team for significant serious injuries and was in an altered state of consciousness before being loaded into the helicopter.

He was flown to Townville Hospital in a serious condition arriving at 1.40pm.