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TRUCK ACCIDENT: A truck accident 30km out of Eidsvold on the Burnett Hwy left one Biloela man lucky to be alive.
TRUCK ACCIDENT: A truck accident 30km out of Eidsvold on the Burnett Hwy left one Biloela man lucky to be alive. Heath Pukallus

AN INJURED man was transported to Monto Hospital by a member of the public following a vehicle accident on Tuesday on the Burnett Hwy.

Queensland Ambulance Service Monto paramedic Lindsay Baumann said the situation should have been handled differently.

"Those driving by thought they were doing the right thing taking him to hospital," he said.

"The man was walking around, and the right thing to do was to get him to sit out of danger and in the shade and wait for an ambulance."

Rod Day from Mt Morgan was driving behind the truck and saw the incident unfold in front of his eyes.

From the look of the crash, Mr Day said the man was lucky to be alive.

"There was rubber that had come out on the road we had to dodge," he said.

"You couldn't see anything because of dust, and we pulled out, and he was just crawling out of (the truck).

"I didn't expect to see him get out of the vehicle, to be honest."

Mr Day said his natural instincts were also to drive the man to a hospital.

"He was walking around alright, but hopping on a sore leg a little bit," he said.

"Other than that, he said he felt alright. We were talking about 10 minutes to quarter of an hour.

"We didn't have room in our car, and other people took him back to Monto and were going to take him to the hospital and call police."

Mr Baumann said there were procedures to take if the situation was more drastic, but it was best to wait for an ambulance.

"If he was to be unconscious, you would work on managing airways and don't move him from the truck as to not aggravate potential spinal damage," he said.

Topics:  central and north burnett eidsvold monto

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