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Man critical following Jabiru crash



CAREFLIGHT: A spate of serious car crashes across the Top End continued yesterday afternoon, when two young men were injured in a single vehicle rollover about 30km outside of Jabiru at around 3pm.

CareFlight, who operates the Top End Medical Retrieval Service on behalf of the Northern Territory Government, tasked the CareFlight Top End Rescue Helicopter and a CareFlight King Air turbo-prop aircraft to Jabiru, each with a flight doctor and flight nurse on board.

Jabiru Clinic staff, NT Police, Northern Territory Fire and Rescue crews from Jabiru, an off-duty Emergency Department doctor from Victoria and an off-duty CareFlight crewman provided initial treatment to the two men.

The 23-year-old driver was transported to Jabiru airstrip by St John Ambulance and Jabiru Clinic staff, where he was met by a CareFlight doctor and flight nurse on board a King Air turbo-prop aircraft.

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He suffered suspected back and leg injuries, and arrived in Darwin at 7pm in a stable condition.

The 26-year-old passenger, who suffered suspected head, chest, spinal and abdomen injuries, was transported to a nearby quarry by Jabiru Clinic staff where the CareFlight Top End Rescue Helicopter had landed.

He was airlifted to Royal Darwin Hospital in a critical condition.

CareFlight crews praised the efforts of all first responders and Jabiru Clinic staff at the scene.