Two airlifted after 4WD rolls at park

AN eight-year-old girl was flown to Tweed Hospital with suspected spinal injuries on Sunday afternoon after a four-wheel-drive rolled at Upper Crystal Creek.

The Queensland-registered vehicle was taking on the terrain at McCalman's Crystalvale Off Road Vehicle 4WD Park when it rolled three times, before landing back on its wheels.

Sergeant Brad Stewart of Tweed Heads Police said three occupants suffered varying injuries in the crash, while the driver escaped unharmed.

“One of the occupants was believed to have suffered spinal injuries and was airlifted to The Tweed Hospital,” Sgt Stewart said.

Of the four Queenslanders inside the vehicle at the time of the crash, two females, aged eight and 45, were airlifted to The Tweed Hospital by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

It was feared the young girl may have suffered spinal injuries in the crash.

A 10-year-old boy was also injured, but did not require an airlift, and the male driver escaped unhurt.

Jimmy Keough, a crewman on the Lismore-based Lifesaver Helicopter, estimated the vehicle was taking on an incline of between 45 and 50 degrees when it rolled.

The helicopter service was initially advised there were multiple casualties in the crash, but when the chopper arrived, the patients were out of car and being assisted.

The isolation of the incident and the tricky terrain surrounding the damaged car meant only four-wheel-drive emergency services vehicles were able to access the crash.

A number of vehicles drove out to the site, but turned away when advised they were not needed.

Sgt Stewart said Work- Cover would investigate the incident.



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