Babies injured in freak golf buggy crash
AN EIGHT-month old baby, and a nine-month-old baby and her mother were airlifted to Townsville Hospital with critical injuries on Thursday, March 10, following a golf buggy accident on Hamilton Island.
An independently owned and operated six-seater buggy was transporting six adults and three children from a private residence to the island airport when the accident occurred at 8.20am, a Hamilton Island spokesperson said.
The buggy was believed to be towing a trailer loaded with luggage when, as it rounded a corner, the driver lost control and hit the kerb. The vehicle skidded on its side into a garden full of rocks before slamming into a golf buggy parked on the Great Northern Hwy, the spokesperson said.
RACQ CQ Rescue was the first helicopter on the scene, landing at the island airport about 9.30am to attend to multiple injuries.
A second helicopter from Townsville and another from Rockhampton also flew to the island to transfer the serious- ly injured to hospital.
One baby was in a critical but stable condition when it arrived at hospital.
The two babies and the 30year-old mother remain in Townsville Hospital in a stable condition.
HORROR CRASH: The aftermath of the buggy crash.