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Two Seriously Injured In Crash Near Katherine


CareFlight has sent the Top End Rescue helicopter and a King Air aircraft to treat and transport two seriously injured patients who were involved in a car crash near Pine Creek yesterday morning.

CareFlight was tasked shortly after 4.30am, after reports of a collision between a sedan and a road train 40 kilometres south of Pine Creek.

CareFlight understands the driver of the road train was not injured and alerted authorities to the incident.

Northern Territory Police responded, diverting traffic away from the crash site.

Pine Creek clinic staff and St John Ambulance paramedics also responded, providing initial treatment for the two patients travelling in the sedan.

The female driver and male passenger, both in their 20s, were then transported to Katherine Hospital in a serious condition, both suffering serious head injuries.

Staff at Katherine Hospital stabilised the patients before CareFlight’s two medical teams arrived to transfer them to Royal Darwin Hospital for further treatment.

The Top End Rescue Helicopter arrived at Katherine Hospital shortly after 7am, transporting the 24-year-old male passenger to Royal Darwin Hospital in a critical condition.

The female driver was transported in CareFlight’s King Air in a serious but stable condition, arriving at Royal Darwin Hospital just after 1.30pm.

“This response demonstrates how effectively all parts of the system work together to deliver the best outcomes for patients, from the first responders and the clinic staff and paramedics through to the CareFlight crew and hospital staff. It also emphasizes the importance of an integrated approach with both the CareFlight helicopter and King Air delivering the most appropriate response,” CareFlight General Manager Philip Roberts explained.