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Crashes dominate Bundaberg LifeFlight callouts


Bundaberg's rescue chopper has had a busy year responding to an influx of calls for help at car crashes.

Crashes were at the top of the list for callouts last year.

According to data from RACQ LifeFlight, crews completed 291 critical missions with motor crashes dominating callouts, followed by cardiac conditions, falls, search and rescues, and animal incidents.

RACQ LifeFlight Chief Officer Brian Guthrie says crews flew to 38 crashes in 2020.

“On average, that is three motor vehicle incidents a month which are so serious, they require an aeromedical response," Mr Guthrie says.

It's a timely reminder to stay safe on the roads, with Queensland recording 57 more road deaths last year than in 2019, according to the Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics (BITRE).

Mr Guthrie says it should be everyone's new years resolution to make a conscious effort to be safe when driving a motor vehicle in order to bring this statistic down.

“RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crews do an amazing job, but we don’t want drivers meeting them because they’ve had a crash.

“In 2021 we’re urging drivers to make a commitment to avoiding the Fatal Five every time they get behind the wheel - that means not speeding, driving tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, putting away distractions like mobile phones and wearing a seatbelt," he says.

RACQ LifeFlight services saved nearly 2,000 lives across Queensland last year.