A Queensland paramedic has died after the ambulance he was travelling in crashed while responding to an emergency, with the tragic accident being described as “one of the saddest days in Queensland Ambulance Service history”.
It’s understood the 32-year-old man was on his way to a job around 8am on Monday when his ambulance rolled a number of times on Mackay-Eungella Road in Benholme before hitting a tree.
Passers-by found the paramedic in a critical condition and desperately worked to save the man before his colleagues arrived.
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“Despite the best efforts of bystanders, the paramedics own colleagues and other responding emergency services, the officer passed away on scene,” a Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said.
The saddest of days at @QldAmbulance as we lost one of our own today. One of our paramedics died in a RTC whilst responding to a critical emergency case this morning. Our prayers are for him, his family, his immediate colleagues and all our entire QAS team at this time.
— Dr Stephen Rashford (@QASMedDirector) January 28, 2019
The man has been described as an experienced paramedic who was highly respected in the field.
“The loss of one of our own staff is heartbreaking and the entire QAS family will be affected by this tragic event,” QAS Commissioner Russell Bowles said.
“The officer spent several years as a QAS paramedic and has diligently served the community in times of need. We offer our deepest condolences to his family.”
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding crash.