Two police officers and a member of the public have risked life and limb to pull a man free from a burning car after it rolled in Gympie, north of Brisbane.
Senior Constable Kevin Mayo and Constable Jeremy Gardiol were called to the single-vehicle crash on Chappel Street about 7:00am on Wednesday, where they found the car on its side, with smoke billowing from the engine.
With the flames building, the two long-time Gympie patrol officers used their batons and kicked the windscreen to smash through and free the man inside and drag him to safety, with help from a passer-by.
The 73-year-old driver and sole occupant was taken to Gympie Hospital with minor head injuries.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze a short time later.
Senior Sergeant Greg Davey was full of praise for the rescuers.
“There was a heap of smoke, it was imminent that it was going to burst in to flames at any time,” Senior Sergeant Davey said.
“The crew had to use their batons to actually get through it and were forced to kick it.”
He also described a member of the public as “very brave” in helping to remove the glass.
One of the officers cut his hand in the rescue.
They dragged the man across the road, and he was able to walk after the officers steadied him.
“We’re exceptionally proud of the two that turned up to the scene today,” Senior Sergeant Davey said.
“They’re both exceptional officers and they’ve displayed exceptional bravery today.
“It’s not a situation you want to be confronted with, but they didn’t shy away from it.”
Senior Sergeant Davey said he hoped to recognise the bravery of the two officers and the member of the public who helped.