Paramedic airlifted to hospital after ambulance flips in horror crash

UPDATE at 4:00 PM: A PARAMEDIC has been airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital following a horror crash involving an ambulance at Tweed Heads.

The accident happened on the Gold Coast Highway where it connects with the Pacific Motorway around 2.15pm.

Police said an ambulance transporting a heart attack patient was travelling north along the highway when it collided with a vehicle towing a ute at the intersection with the M1 offramp.


The emergency vehicle flipped on impact and rolled multiple times.

A paramedic who is believed to have been in the back of the ambulance, treating the patient at the time of the accident sustained serious injuries.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the scene and landed on the Gold Coast Highway overpass.

The seriously injured paramedic was airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital with abdominal injuries while the heart attack patient was transported to John Flynn Hospital, also on the Gold Coast.

Police said the occupants of the vehicle towing the boat appeared to have escaped serious injury.

The Gold Coast Highway was closed in both directions for some time following the crash, causing mayhem for motorists trying to get off the M1.

EARLIER at 2:45pm: AT least one person is being airlifted to hospital following a serious crash at Tweed Heads.

It’s understood a van and a car came to grief on the Gold Coast Highway, where it meets the Pacific Motorway.

A rescue helicopter has been dispatched to the scene to airlift at least one seriously injured person to hospital.

Traffic has been thrown into disarray, with extensive delays being experienced for traffic heading both ways.

It’s understood traffic is unable to access the Gold Coast Highway from either the M1 or Kennedy Drive.

Motorists wanting to get off the motorway are being urged to use the Tugun Exit or Minjungbal Drive.

No further information was available at the time of writing.