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Woman suffers serious burns as caravan burst into flames

URGENT WORK: Paramedics and Westpac Chopper crew prepare the woman for the flight to hospital. Photo: Contributed
URGENT WORK: Paramedics and Westpac Chopper crew prepare the woman for the flight to hospital. Photo: Contributed

A WOMAN travelling through Glenugie has sustained serious burns in a caravan fire.

The caravan was attached to a car and was parked at the Dinjerra Road Rest Area just off the Pacific Hwy when it caught alight at about 12.40pm, causing severe burns to the 45-year-old woman's upper body.

It is understood she may have been trying to remove a gas bottle from the vehicle when she sustained the injuries.

She was transported by ambulance to Grafton Airport, where she was airlifted to Royal Brisbane Hospital by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

As of 4pm yesterday she was in a serious condition.

It is believed she was travelling alone and police are continuing investigations to determine what happened.

The caravan, believed to be the woman's home, was destroyed in the fire.

Glenugie Rural Fire Service's senior deputy captain Danny Broeder said the caravan was well alight by the time members of the rural fire brigade arrived.

About 20sq m of surrounding bush was also burnt.

"We were lucky with all this rain we've had that the (bushfire) was going slowly enough to catch it," he said.

"The car towing the caravan was also heat affected."

The cause of the incident is being investigated by police.

Topics:  burns, caravan fire, editors picks, glenugie, pacific highway




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