Quick CPR gives man his chance

A cyclist was critically injured in a crash with a truck.
A cyclist was critically injured in a crash with a truck. Craig Warhurst

QUICK action by an off-duty ambulance paramedic may have saved the life of a man, critically injured in a vehicle crash in Gympie on Monday morning.

The man was flown to Brisbane with severe head injuries, after being stabilised at the accident scene and maintained in a stable but critical condition at Gympie Hospital.

The man's motorised bicycle was involved in collision with a truck at the corner of Tozer St and Tozer Park Rd about 8am.

Off-duty ambulance officer Rod Klein had not long finished his night shift when he happened upon the crash scene.

He immediately applied CPR and kept doing so for at least 25 minutes, while ambulance and Queensland Fire and Rescue crews turned the pavement into an impromptu emergency ward.

Mr Klein was assisted by Peter Hoskins, a counsellor from the nearby Gympie State High School, who was first on the scene.

They were still trying to resuscitate the man 12 minutes later when the ambulance arrived, closely followed by a QFRS crew.

A team formed immediately with up to seven and sometimes eight emergency workers applying first aid and administering intravenous fluids while Mr Klein continued his life-saving vigil.

Gympie ambulance chief Wayne Sachs praised Mr Klein's efforts, describing them as "another example of the life-saving potential of early and aggressive CPR.

"We're seeing more and more of this, where people are saved by people applying CPR," he said.

At last report, the man, believed to be about 60, was maintaining a pulse and blood pressure in Gympie hospital, before being flown out.

Neighbours, two of whom said they heard the impact but did not see it, said the man was a regular rider past their homes in Tozer Park Rd. They said the intersection was busy and sometimes dangerous.

Police said the man's bicycle appeared to have been illegally motorised.

"You can have an electric motor, but only up to 200watts," one said.

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