News

Brute strength of builders saves man pinned by ute

Kiwi construction contractors (back, from left) Wayne Faapito, Blake Kefu, Andrew Manu, Armine Kay, Ralph Williams, (front, from left) Tee Kefu, Mafi Kefu, Matthew Hapeta and Rob Leilua helped to lift a car off a man near Yuleba. They are pictured with fellow worker Ardelius Mitchell (front, far right).
Kiwi construction contractors (back, from left) Wayne Faapito, Blake Kefu, Andrew Manu, Armine Kay, Ralph Williams, (front, from left) Tee Kefu, Mafi Kefu, Matthew Hapeta and Rob Leilua helped to lift a car off a man near Yuleba. They are pictured with fellow worker Ardelius Mitchell (front, far right). Contributed

BUILDING contractor Matthew Hapeta was surprised at how easily he and his colleagues lifted a ute off a man who was seriously injured in a Warrego Hwy rollover.

Police are praising the efforts of the group of nine New Zealand builders who were travelling in a three-car convoy from Brisbane to Roma when they came across the crash scene about 10km east of Yuleba about 10.30pm on Sunday.

They were confronted by the 60-year-old man's frantic relatives who pleaded with them to help the man trapped under the ute.

"They were just in shock, I guess, and just panic mode because he had been under there for a while," Mr Hapeta said.

The ute had rolled back onto its wheels in a roadside ditch.

"We started quickly taking everything out of the tray. About six of us lifted it while one of our other mates pulled him out.

"We lifted it quite high, probably up to our chest.

"He had burn marks across his shoulder and chest from the muffler."

Mr Hapeta said the ute was not as heavy as he would have expected.

"We have never done that before."

They also used their high visibility gear and flashing phone lights to warn other highway motorists of the crash scene ahead.

"It was quite dark and vehicles could just come flying through."

They left the man in the hands of emergency services and continued on to Roma where they all started work yesterday constructing workers' accommodation.

Roma police shift supervisor Sergeant Greg Benfer said the men deserved recognition for their actions.

"It is a great act," Sgt Benfer said.

"Otherwise I am certain it would have been a lot worse."

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the Central Queensland man was trapped for about 10 minutes.

He was taken to Roma Hospital before being flown by the Royal Flying Doctor Service to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane to be treated for severe chest and other injuries.

Hospital staff yesterday confirmed the man was in a critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit.

His 15-year-old son, who was also in the vehicle, was taken to Roma Hospital with minor injuries.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Topics:  car crash editors picks good samaritans rescue serious injuries vehicle roll over warrego highway yuleba



10 best street art spots to take an Insta selfie

IF YOU are in need of a few trendy new Instagram snaps, then get your phone and selfie-stick ready and head to Brisbane.

Where to find the best coffee

Strauss is known for its superb brew.

COFFEE snobbery is at an all-time high.

Theatre royalty graces Brisbane stage

Don't miss Charles Edwards in this incredible theatre performance.

WHEN acting royalty comes to town, you sit up and take notice.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Women's achievements inspire at Warwick event

Sarah Elliott, Anna Hardy, Sarah Ogden and Sally Higgins enjoying the 2016 Women's Day breakfast.

Zonta Club invites all to celebrate International Women's Day

Help celebrate Aboriginal heritage

PROUD IDENTITY: Sharman Parsons with father David Parsons at the Bunya Festival stall during Jumpers and Jazz.

Head along to Maryvale for the Bunya Festival

A Warwick volunteer's unwavering passion

DEDICATION: Long-time volunteer and Warwick Show chairman John Wilson is excited to present the 150th show this year with the help of an incredible team of volunteers.

Meet Warwick Show chairman

Local Partners

Fancy dress tea party stirs up the past

EVER wanted to dress up in 19th century attire and don tails and a top hat or an ankle-sweeping dress with a petticoat and corset?


Help celebrate Aboriginal heritage

PROUD IDENTITY: Sharman Parsons with father David Parsons at the Bunya Festival stall during Jumpers and Jazz.

Head along to Maryvale for the Bunya Festival

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

The true cause of the Oscars bungle

THE Oscars have ended with a moment that left everyone speechless — but not in a way anyone expected.

HUGE OSCARS FAIL: Wrong film handed Best Picture award

Presenter Warren Beatty shows the envelope with the actual winner for best picture as host Jimmy Kimmel, left, looks on at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The winner was originally announced as La La Land, but was later corrected to Moonlight.

IN A monumental stuff-up, La La Land incorrectly named Best Picture.

Blue Heelers' Ditch Davey joins 800 Words cast

Ditch Davey joins the cast of 800 Words as Terry, the younger brother of George, played by Erik Thomson.

George Turner's brother, Terry, arrives to Weld with a 'few demons'

Oscars winners 2017: Full list of Academy Award winners

Viola Davis accepts the award for best actress in a supporting role for Fences at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

WHO won Oscars this year? Here’s a full list of every winner.

Why can’t Nicole Kidman clap properly?

Nicole Kidman's style of clapping has puzzled Oscars viewers.

FOR some reason, it seems Nicole doesn’t really know how to clap.

Muslim actor makes Oscars history

Mahershala Ali accepts the award for best actor in a supporting role for Moonlight at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

MOONLIGHT star Mahershala Ali makes Academy Award history.

NO ONE OFF LIMITS: Kimmel burns down the house at Oscars

Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

HOST delivers a torrent of abuse on Hollywood’s night of nights.

Mining homes dive: $600k homes sell for $120k-$300k

18 Yeates Street, Moranbah sold for $135,000 in December, after being repossessed by a bank. The owners bought for $545,000 in August, 2011.

The economy still has two speeds, but with a painful twist

Mackay's property market climbing like a Rocket Man

Renewed confidence in Mackay means more homes are being snapped up by those eager to plant their roots in the region.

There's movement in the real estate sector and it's all positive.

'Why we drove 800km to buy a treehouse with a disco ball'

The new owners have planned a few updates, but will stick with much of the original design.

A couple travelled almost 800km for the home of their dreams.

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!