Two crash victims airlifted from remote locations

Friday 22 September, Darwin

Two motorists were airlifted from remote parts of the Top End yesterday, after they were injured in two separate motor vehicle crashes.

Just before 10.30am, CareFlight crews were alerted to a single-vehicle rollover on the Tablelands Highway, about 30km from Cape Crawford.

A 20-year-old man suffered a suspected ankle injury in the crash, and CareFlight tasked a King Air turbo-prop aircraft aircraft to McArthur River Mine airstrip.

Borroloola Clinic staff treated the young man at the scene before he was airlifted to Royal Darwin Hospital in the care of a CareFlight doctor and flight nurse. He arrived at the hospital at 4.30pm in a stable condition.

Meanwhile, at 2pm, CareFlight’s Top End Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Katherine.

A 45-year-old woman had suffered a suspected head injury and broken collarbone in a single vehicle crash on the Victoria Highway, about 90km west of Katherine.

NT Police and Fire Service crews responded to the incident, and St John Ambulance paramedics treated the woman at the scene and transported her to Katherine District Hospital here she was met by a CareFight doctor and flight nurse.

She was airlifted to Royal Darwin Hospital, where she arrived in a stable condition at 8.15pm.

CareFlight, who operates the Top End Medical Retrieval Service on behalf of the Northern Territory Government, praised the efforts of all medical staff and first responders from Katherine and Borroloola.