Four passengers travelling in Kakadu National Park yesterday have had their car veer off the road and hit a tree on Jim Jim Road.

The two male and two female tourists aged in their 20s and 30s had to be extricated from their vehicle by emergency services personnel from the Jabiru Fire and Rescue Service.

Clinical staff from the Jabiru and Pine Creek Community Health Centres were also present on scene to provide clinical care for the passengers. St John Ambulance alerted CareFlight to the incident.

Operating the Top End Medical Retrieval Service on behalf of the Northern Territory Government, CareFlight responded by tasking the Top End Rescue Helicopter and a B200 King Air turbo-prop aircraft with two flight doctors and three flight nurses. The two aircraft were required to transport the four patients to hospital for further treatment.

CareFlight’s aeromedical teams landed at the Cooinda airstrip where the first responders had transported the patients. CareFlight’s clinical team performed a trauma assessment on the patients, taking spinal precautions with three of them, including a man who had neck and leg injuries.

The CareFlight helicopter and King Air then transported two patients each to Royal Darwin Hospital, all in stable conditions.