A fire fighter has spoken of the difficulty they faced getting to the scene of that major accident on the M1 at Pimpama on Tuesday morning and then setting free a trapped driver.
Scenic Rim Fire Inspector Chris Robinson said the accident happened when a truck carrying a Bob Cat crossed from southbound lanes, across the centre median and into oncoming traffic collecting both trees and cars at around 6:00am.
The truck then travelled over a guard rail and landed in bushland.
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The driver of a 4WD involved in the crash was trapped. Inspector Robinson said “while Queensland Ambulance were doing medical treatment with him, Queensland Fire and Emergency personnel had to use the Road Traffic Extrication gear to release him”.
The equipment allows fire fighters to break into cars and release the occupants and is different to the Jaws of Life.
He added that it was “quite a delicate job” and took quite a bit longer than usual considering the fact that “Queensland Ambulance were doing medical treatment at the same time as we were doing the extrication of the injured person”.
Inspector Robinson said the concrete walls set up on the shoulder of the M1 through Coomera did make it difficult for them to get through the traffic to the scene of the accident.
He explained that normally most emergency services groups send crews from north and south of the scene so that way the northbound fire services trucks arrived quicker from Beenleigh than the closest station at Helensvale.