News

Kiwi heros save Rubyvale man trapped by crushed ute

RESCUERS: A group of New Zealand construction workers, including those who saved a man’s life.
RESCUERS: A group of New Zealand construction workers, including those who saved a man’s life. Contributed

THE wife of a Gemfields man trapped under a ute says her husband would not have survived if a group of New Zealand men driving by had not stopped to help.

John Williams almost died on the side of the highway before the convoy of builders, most from Auckland, came to the rescue.

The nine Kiwis won the praise of police and the trapped man's wife, Darlene Williams, for lifting the ute off the Rubyvale man after it crashed off the Warrego Hwy near Roma on January 7.

Mr Williams, 60, was in a critical but stable condition in Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital with broken ribs, bleeding on the brain, a punctured lung and severe burns to his shoulder, neck and face.

"I know how strong those boys are. And I knew that when they put effort into something I knew they could do it," Ms Williams said.

"As soon as I saw them coming down the hill to the ute I thought 'oh my God I know these guys can lift this'. I just kept saying 'my husband's under the ute, please, please get him out'.

"They deserve an award for it because they were the only people who stopped and... if they hadn't have stopped and done what they did, John would not have made it."

The family was moving furniture from the Gemfields to Oakey. Ms Williams, who was driving with her niece behind the ute, said the leading vehicle lurched in one direction and it appeared her husband had over-corrected the steering. The ute rolled about six times, tossing Mr Williams from the cabin.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Water bill reprieve for Isaac ratepayers

ISAAC ratepayers have been granted twelve months by Isaac Regional Council before they have to pay for water use.

Ratepayers in Isaac have 12 months to pay for water use.

Regions join to advocate for affordable housing

Regions collaborate: Isaac Affordable Housing Trust and Central HighlandsHousing Company Limited teaming up to lobby for better affordable housing. Pictured:IAHT Director and IRC Cr Nick Wheeler, CHQHC Company secretary and CHRC CEOScott Mason, IAHT Company Secretary Chris Wright, IAHT Chair and IRC Mayor AnneBaker, CHQHC Director and CHRC Cr David Lacey and CHQHC Chair and CHRCMayor Kerry Hayes.

Local councils join forces for affordable housing.

Light competition spreads Christmas cheer

Council plant operator/labourer Opeta Iona lends a helping hand to hang Christmaslights in the Emerald CBD.

Show your love of Christmas and enter the Light Up Your Town comp.

Local Partners

Paris Hilton fumes at clumsy partygoers

A reveller spilt their drink on Paris Hilton's DJ decks

Winnie Harlow isn't a role model

Winnie Harlow insists she isn't a role model.

Felicity Jones proud of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story role

Felicity Jones feels it is "important" for a woman to head Rogue One

Kiwi's plea to Ellen DeGeneres to save bakery after quake

Ellen... we need your magic.

Family had to be helicoptered out after powerful quake

Seacrest: Things are "going better" for Kim and Kanye

Ryan Seacrest says things are "going better now" for Kanye West

Jonah Hill involved in a car accident

Jonah Hill was involved in a car crash on Saturday

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Prices jump in trio of mining towns

THE boost in coal prices in the past six months has triggered a house price jump in at least three mining towns in Central Queensland.

Boost in coal prices triggers a market turnaround

INSIDE STORY: Disused pipeline stops hundreds from building

TRAIL OF TEARS: Route of the disused Santos oil pipeline which is stopping hundreds of Ipswich residents from building.

Santos responds but Tully says easements issue must be addressed

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!