Mt Coolum man loses leg
A Mt Coolum man had to have his lower right leg amputated after a shocking head-on crash on the David Low Way late Tuesday afternoon.
Tony Enchelmaier, a 33-year-old mechanic and yoga instructor, was driving home in his Volkswagen Kombi when a Ford Fairmont sedan carrying five people apparently crossed on to the wrong side of the road near the Town of Seaside roundabout.
The Kombi’s driver side took the brunt of the impact.
An horrific scene greeted emergency service workers.
The 73-year-old Ford driver, from Mudgee in New South Wales, was quickly freed by firefighters, but Mr Enchelmaier remained trapped by his legs for almost an hour.
The driver’s side front end of the Kombi had crumpled around the man’s lower body in a mess of metal.
Peak hour traffic heading north from Maroochydore and south from Coolum was caught in a slow crawl for more than an hour.
Police closed the road to allow the Energex Community helicopter to land.
When Mr Enchelmaier was freed and stabilised for travel, he was flown to Royal Brisbane Hospital for emergency surgery.
It is believed he may have suffered internal injuries as well as the multiple compound fractures in his lower right leg. At the time of writing, he was in a serious but stable condition.
The driver and one of the passengers of the Fairmont were taken to Nambour General Hospital with minor injuries.
It is unclear what caused the Ford to swerve into the wrong lane. Police were expected to question the driver and his passengers once they had been cleared by the hospital.
Scenes of Crime and Forensic Crash Unit investigators were also called in to investigate.
It took more than two hours to clear the scene and traffic was blocked from the crash scene to Lorraine Avenue in Marcoola.
When the crash first occurred, northbound traffic was slowed almost as far as the David Low Way exit from the Sunshine Motorway.
Police asked witnesses to call the Forensic Crash Unit on 5471 7596.