A TRUCK DRIVER is recovering from spinal injuries after he as flung two metres into the air by a rogue bull while mustering cattle on a remote property on the Queensland- Northern Territory border.
The 55-year-old man was knocked unconscious after landing on his head following the bull attack late on Saturday afternoon.
Due to the remote location of the cattle station, the Mount Isa-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter completed a long-range cross-border airlift over 200km to a property near Lake Nash in the Northern Territory following the emergency call.
The injured livestock driver had been working on a section of the property when the bull came up behind him and flipped him over a fence, injuring his head and back and causing suspected spinal injuries.
The rescue helicopter's Queensland Ambulance Service Intensive Care Paramedic, Matthew Steer stabilised and administered pain relief to the patient before loading him into the chopper.
"The bull had picked the truck driver up by the back of his shirt and flung him more than two metres into the air," said Matthew.
"The man landed on his head and was knocked unconscious. He had only just regained some consciousness when we arrived."
"The nearest airstrip was a long way away and it would have been a 30-minute drive in a 4WD to get there," said Matt.
"It was a lot easier for us to land right there at the scene as we didn't want to put him in a ute, bouncing across rough terrain when he had suffered head and suspected spinal injuries.
The RACQ LifeFlight crew then flew through the darkness to return the patient in a stable condition to the Mount Isa Hospital for further treatment.
The incident was the 35th mission in Queensland this year that LifeFlight crews have attended, where a patient has been injured by an animal - involving mostly cattle or horses but also including snake bites and marine stings.