Baby and mother injured after buggy carrying seven crashes
UPDATE: Police are investigating the serious traffic incident involving a golf buggy on Hamilton Island this morning.
Initial information suggests about 8.25am the golf buggy crashed into a stationary golf buggy on the Great Northern Highway.
The golf buggy was carrying eight passengers, including five adults, one toddler and two infants.
A man sustained leg injuries while a women sustained facial injuries. They have both been airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital.
A baby girl suffered serious head injuries and was airlifted to Townsville Base Hospital with her mother, who suffered minor injuries.
The female driver and remaining passengers, two men, a boy and a baby girl have been transported to Proserpine Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and observation.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.
1PM: Four patients are being transported via boat to the mainland and then on to Proserpine Hospital after the crash.
Two are being airlifted to Mackay Base Hospital, QAS said.
QAS treated 8 patients at buggy crash #HamiltonIsland. 2 airlifted to Townsville, 2 airlifted to Mackay & 4 to Proserpine Hospital.— Queensland Ambulance (@QldAmbulance) March 10, 2016
12.30PM: A CQ Rescue spokeswoman said the eight-month-old baby and a its 30-year-old mother are being airlifted to Townsville Hospital.
She said the baby is in a critical condition with facial injuries and potential fractured limbs and is being flown to the hospital by CQ Rescue.
The spokeswoman said the mother of the child is being airlifted to the hospital by Townsville's EMQ crew.
She had head injuries and leg fractures, QAS said.
Other patients are expected to also be airlifted to either Mackay Base Hospital or Proserpine Hospital.
EARLIER: AT 8.20 this morning two buggies on Hamilton Island crashed and rolled over.
Eight patients have been air lifted to hospital by two rescue helicopters another is on standby, a QAS spokeswoman said.
Where the patients will be transferred is not known yet.
The injured include:
- A woman with head injuries
- An nine-month-old with fractured leg and facial injuries
- A 40-year-old man with a fractured leg
- A man with head laceration and chest injury
- An 18-month-old with altering levels of consciousness
- A three-year-old with minor lacerations and bruising
- A 30-year-old with a fractured leg.
- A man was also treated after collapsing at the scene at the sight of the crash.
RACQ CQ Rescue are on scene of the crash as is a helicopter crew from Townsville, the patients are yet to be transferred.