Woman rescued after crashing down embankment

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Service has airlifted a woman to hospital, after her car plunged down an embankment north-east of Gympie on Wednesday afternoon.

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said it was believed the woman lost control of her vehicle, veering off the road, down an embankment and into a tree. 

“Emergency services worked tirelessly to free the woman, who was trapped for some time, using hydraulic jaws of life to free her,” Ms Ritchie said. 

“The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aeromedical team used ropes to climb down to the crash site and worked with the Queensland Ambulance Service to treat the driver, aged in her twenties, for head injuries. 

“She was airlifted, in a stable condition, to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.” 

Ms Ritchie said RACQ LifeFlight Rescue had also airlifted a man to hospital after he was critically injured in a motorbike crash, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, earlier the same day. 

“It's believed the man aged in his fifties lost control of his bike and smashed into the guard rail,” she said. 

“He was treated for multiple injuries and flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a critical condition.”