Coast men fighting for their lives

Paramedics attend the accident.
Paramedics attend the accident. Jason Dougherty

TWO Sunshine Coast men remain in a critical condition after a four-vehicle head-on smash on the Sunshine Motorway yesterday.

The accident happened about 7am near Mount Coolum. Two other men were also injured in the crash, which blocked the motorway for more than two hours.

A 17-year-old from Hunchy in the Coast Hinterland, and a 48-year-old man from Cootharaba near Noosa were in a critical condition at Brisbane last night.

Stunned witnesses yesterday told of an out-of-control north-bound utility vehicle hitting two others before crashing head-on with a third.

“It spun me around in mid air when he hit me,” Bob Nicholson said, after the utility scraped down the side of his south-bound sedan.

The Peregian Beach man said he was forced to take evasive action into scrub, coming to a stop in a nearby ditch.

“The ute just seemed to drift across the road,” he said. “I was surprised my reactions were so fast to swerve.”

Mr Nicholson was treated for minor injuries.

A 38-year-old Peregian Springs man who was driving a sedan was also clipped on the back of the vehicle by the wayward vehicle.

He was forced to drive into nearby scrub, according to emergency services.

Rescue workers had to cut the two seriously injured drivers out of seperate vehicles.

The teenager, who is believed to have left home less than an hour before, suffered head injuries and a leg fracture.

He was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital by the AGL Action Rescue team.

The 48-year-old suffered chest, pelvis and leg injuries and was also airlifted to the same hospital by the EMQ Rescue 500.

The motorway was closed in both directions for several hours while firefighters, paramedics and SES volunteers worked to clear the scene.

Stefan Macaulay was another driver who stopped to give assistance.

“There was a big cloud of smoke and dust like a bomb had gone off,” he said.“We all hit the brakes pretty hard and I feel a bit shaken up now.”

Both the critically injured Coast men were listed as stable last night.

Sunshine Coast police superintendent Ben Hanbidge said investigations were continuing.

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