Mareeba Ergon crew responds to road crash

Published: 5 Jan 2016 2:56pm

For the second time in six months an Ergon Energy crew has played a vital role in saving a life, this time using a heavy duty borer to lift a crashed vehicle off a woman.

The crew of Andrew Cadorin, Stephen Parker and John Musso was returning to the Mareeba depot yesterday afternoon when they came across the single vehicle accident on a remote stretch of the Mulligan Highway near Lakeland about 150 km north west of Cairns.

The 45 year old woman was pinned by her arms and legs under the vehicle while a 70 year old man suffering a head injury was able to free himself from the wreckage.

The crew used their borer to lift the vehicle 15 centimetres from the ground and used timbers to support the car which was also leaking diesel.

This action allowed a nurse and a first aid officer to treat the woman.

A second Ergon Energy vehicle was able to provide traffic control while the rescue took place.

In August last year, another Mareeba-based Ergon crew provided vital first aid assistance at the aftermath of a vehicle accident on Cape York Peninsula south of Coen.

In that instance the Ergon crew were able to help an injured nine year old boy who was trapped in the wreckage.

Yesterday’s incident served as a reminder to the Ergon crew to be ready for anything, anytime. Technical Service Member Stephen Parker said, “It’s not the sort of thing you want to see anyone involved in and a pretty bad start to the year – we were just glad to be able to help a bit,” he said.

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