Truck driver in hospital after Hail Creek chopper rescue

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UPDATE 6PM: A 64-year-old man is in a stable condition at Mackay Base Hospital after he was injured when a water tank exploded near Moranbah this afternoon.

An RACQ CQ Rescue spokeswoman said the truck driver was pumping water from his truck when the tank exploded near a public road.

Emergency services were called to the scene off Suttor Development Road and Kemmis Creek Road about 1.40pm. 

He was flown to Mackay Base Hospital shortly after.

EARLIER 4.10PM:  A MAN is being flown to Mackay Base Hospital after an incident involving an exploding water tank near Moranbah.

Emergency services were called to the scene off Suttor Development Road and Kemmis Creek Road about 1.40pm.

RACQ CQ Rescue reported he was in a stable condition. 

The Daily Mercury understands the incident did not occur at the nearby Hail Creek mine, however Glencore paramedics did help the man.

INITIAL 2.40PM: THE RACQ CQ Rescue chopper has been tasked to a workplace incident at Hail Creek.

The helicopter was called to the scene about 120.1 km west of Mackay at a worksite off Suttor Developmental Rd and Kemmis Creek Rd.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said paramedics were already on scene with a person who was injured on site about 1.40pm.

The paramedics were treating a man in his 40s who suffered chest and head injuries when a vessel carrying water exploded, the spokeswoman said.

“At this stage he is stable, but there is cause for concern over the seriousness of the injuries,” she said, adding the man was injured when objects stuck him during the incident.


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