INVESTIGATION: Police are combing over a Nissan Pathfinder for evidence.
INVESTIGATION: Police are combing over a Nissan Pathfinder for evidence.

Forensic unit investigate 4WD, Gladstone man critical

UPDATE: 4.05pm: 

A TEAM of forensic investigators are sweeping a car that a Gladstone man "fell out" of as it travelled along the Dawson Hwy on Monday.

After speaking with numerous witnesses, police believe there were at least two other people in the car at the time.

Gladstone's acting head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Chief Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Lindsay said those people abandoned the car on Olsen Ave and escaped on foot.

As a first response, Gladstone police deployed the dog squad but had no luck finding those in the vehicle that police are seeking for questioning.

INVESTIGATION: Police are combing over a Nissan Pathfinder for evidence.
INVESTIGATION: Police are combing over a Nissan Pathfinder for evidence.

Police had initially hoped to speak with the man, aged 40, but he has been sedated and is in a critical condition with head injuries at Gladstone Hospital.

"It makes it 10 times harder for us, but we can't get in the way of what they're doing medically," Det Snr Sgt Lindsay said.

He said the man had been in the intensive care unit (ICU) overnight and a Gladstone Hospital spokeswoman confirmed he was in a serious condition.

Adding to the difficult investigation ahead of the CIB, the car, a Nissan Pathfinder, belongs to the man in hospital.

Det Snr Sgt Lindsay is appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward with information.

BIZARRE: Police are still trying to piece together what unfolded during a motoring incident on the Dawson Hwy yesterday.
BIZARRE: Police are still trying to piece together what unfolded during a motoring incident on the Dawson Hwy yesterday.

He said dash cam footage or eye-witness accounts from anyone who saw the vehicle before the incident would help police.

Police wouldn't be drawn on whether they believed the man was pushed out of the vehicle.

"There were a number of persons in the car when he fell out of the vehicle, but at the moment, we are trying to establish how that occurred," Det Snr Sgt Lindsay said.

Police are astonished the incident occurred on such a busy part of the Dawson Hwy, about 300m to the airport side of the Stockland Shopping Centre.

ROAD CLOSED: Police shut down a part of the Dawson and directed traffic at the intersection with Phillip St.
ROAD CLOSED: Police shut down a part of the Dawson and directed traffic at the intersection with Phillip St.

Police shut down the Dawson Highway and worked quickly to piece together what had occurred as traffic banked up on the Dawson Hwy.

They initially believed the man had been struck by a car but soon discovered, based on witness accounts, that a 4WD he had been travelling in, had left the scene.

Police are keeping the vehicle under shelter in a holding yard, out of the rain, to avoid any forensicevidence being compromised.

UPDATE: TODAY 8.30am: 

THE MAN who fell out of a car on the Dawson Hwy yesterday is still in a serious condition, a Gladstone Hospital spokeswoman confirmed.

It's understood he is still unresponsive.  

Witnesses to the bizarre incident told police that there were three other people in the car but they had disappeared by the time police arrive.

Police are still trying to piece together exactly what unfolded during the incident.

Police yesterday called in the dog squad to search for those people but haven't been able to locate them yet.

More to come

UPDATE: 6.23pm: 

GLADSTONE'S Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB) have their work cut out for them, as the mystery deepens over what happened to a man lying unconscious on the side of the Dawson Hwy.

The man fell out of his car. He is in a critical condition and is still unconscious.

Witnesses to the incident said there were three other people in the car but they had left the scene by the time police arrived.

A CIB spokeswoman said they are interviewing witnesses and investigations are ongoing.

Police called in the dog squad to search for the other passengers but have had no luck locating them so far.

More to come

UPDATE: 4pm: 

A MAN is still in a critical condition after he fell out of a car on the Dawson Hwy, a Gladstone Hospital spokeswoman has confirmed.

It's understood police haven't identified the man yet.

Police initially believed the man was a pedestrian who had been hit by a car but soon discovered he had been in a car found at the scene.

Witnesses to the incident said there had been three other people in the car.

But they had since left the scene.

Police have called in the dog squad to find the others but haven't been able to locate them yet.

More to come

UPDATE: 2.50pm: 

POLICE are trying to speak to a man who was found lying on the side of the Dawson Hwy after a motoring incident today.

A Queensland Police Service spokesperson said the man was, however, still unconscious and in a serious condition at Gladstone Hospital.

Police initially believed the man had been struck by a car but it was soon discovered that he had been in a nearby abandoned car at the scene near the intersection of Dawson Hwy and Phillip St.

DOG SQAUD: Gladstone's dog squad has been called in to find the missing passengers.
DOG SQAUD: Gladstone's dog squad has been called in to find the missing passengers. Alistair Brightman

Police have confirmed that witnesses said there was more than one person in the car.

Police called in the dog squad to search for the other passengers but they haven't been able to locate them yet.

The spokesman said police and the dog squad were combing areas around the scene, which is beside the golf course. 

He said if it is a serious traffic accident, the Forensic Crash Unit would head the investigation.

But a Gladstone police spokesman said the Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB) have been called in to investigate too.

It's understood the car involved in the crash had no significant damage.

More to come

UPDATE: 2pm: 

WITNESSES to an incident where a man fell out of a car on the Dawson Hwy told police three other people were in the car.

Police are now searching for those passengers, as they are no longer at the scene.

Ambulance.
Ambulance. Tony Martin

It's not known if who was driving.

Paramedics have rushed the man to hospital, but his condition is not yet known.

It's believed are travelling to Gladstone Hospital to attempt to speak with the man.

More to come

EARLIER: 

A MAN has fallen out of a moving car on the Dawson Hwy, according to initial reports.

Paramedics were called to the scene at about 1.02pm but the condition of the man is not yet known.

It's also not known if anyone else has been injured.

CRASH: The crash occurred near the golf course along the Dawson Hwy.
CRASH: The crash occurred near the golf course along the Dawson Hwy.

A Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said initial reports suggest the vehicle has rolled. 

Initial reports are that there were as many as three people in the car, but it's understood police haven't been able to locate all of the passengers.

It's understood that the crash has occurred at the Kin Kora section of the Dawson Hwy, near the golf course.

Police have shut down a part of the Dawson Hwy.

More to come



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