Elderly bicyclist in serious condition after getting trapped in storm-water drain

UPDATE @ 7.30 AM | An elderly man has been taken to hospital in a serious condition with critical care paramedics on board after he was finally freed from a storm drain in Ormeau.

The 79-year-old’s understood to have crashed his mountain bike into a culvert sometime after midnight, and became trapped in the bike wreck and unable to move.

He was stuck there for around four hours before emergency services came to his aid around 6.15 am.


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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spent some time trying to cut him free.

Critical care paramedic Jaye Newton says he’s suffered a number of injuries.

“It looked like he missed the bridge and gone down on his mountain bike and he was tangled up in his mountain bike down the drain and in the water.

“Unfortunately he’d been there for quite some time and was quite cold, he was partially in the water and his clothes were quite saturated.

“Looks like he might have some fluid on his lungs from the water, and he also has some lower leg injuries from the bicycle.

“At this stage, we don’t think he’s got any fractures, but being an elderly gentleman and being cold we’re a bit worried about how his body responds to this trauma he’s sustained today,” Mr Newton said.

EARLIER @ 6.30 AM | Emergency services are on scene in Ormeau, where a bicyclist has gotten caught in a stormwater drain this morning.

He was found stuck in a drain along Peachey Road around 6.15 am before critical care paramedics were called to the scene.

It’s understood the man is still attached to the bike, which has also become trapped in the drain.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are there and say that they’re working to cut the bike away from the man.

The man’s suffered significant leg injuries in the incident as well.

Emergency services were still on the scene at the time of writing.