Thursday, August 31, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Driver Dies In Two-Truck Crash

Rescue Helicopter’s Busy Bowen Basin Weekend

A fatal two-vehicle traffic crash at Moranbah on the morning of August 27 has claimed the life of a Moranbah father.

Initial investigations by the Forensic Crash Unit indicate that at around 9:40am, a prime mover truck crashed with a road train truck as it was travelling southbound along Moranbah Access Road, near Cunningham Way.  

The driver of the prime mover, 46-year-old Moranbah man James Rolph, was declared deceased at the scene.

A 56-year-old Southbrook man was operating the road train and was taken to Moranbah Hospital before being transported to Mackay Base Hospital by RACQ CQ Rescue with serious injuries.

The RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter was already in the Bowen Basin having just landed in Dysart ready to transfer a hospital patient to Mackay when they were retasked by Queensland Health to the Moranbah scene at around 10:00am.

The helicopter landed at Moranbah Airport to refuel and retrieve the 56-year-old patient.

He was delivered to the waiting aircraft by ambulance and was flown to Mackay Base Hospital with a serious head injury and lacerations.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the circumstances of the crash and are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the crash or have relevant dashcam/CCTV vision to come forward.

If you have any information regarding the crash, contact Policelink at or Crime Stoppers at or call 1800 333 000.

Quote this reference number: QP2301424106.

The Mackay-based RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter was later tasked at 1:30pm to fly to a remote cattle property near Clermont.

A 58-year-old woman visiting family had fallen from a spooked horse, hitting her head and possibly breaking her collarbone.

The woman was treated on scene and flown to Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition.

Since last Friday, August 25, RACQ CQ Rescue has also been tasked by Queensland Health to airlift two cardiac patients from Moranbah and Labona Airfield as well as transport an unwell tourist from Daydream Island very early Saturday with a serious medical issue.

Two trucks collided Moranbah Access Road on the weekend, claiming the life of a Moranbah man. Photo supplied: RACQ CQ Rescue

In other news