THE DUST was still settling on the Bruce Highway where 47-year-old Matthew McGrigor lay, when by chance, three Sarina paramedics were driving by.
The father-of-three was driving his motorcycle to a suicide prevention charity ride in Pinnacle on June 3, when he was struck by a 4WD attempting to turn right onto the highway from Homebush Rd.
Sarina paramedic Annie Reid came across the scene first during her drive to work about 6.30am, followed by her colleagues Nathan Jorgensen and Josh Miles, who were returning from a previous job in Mackay.
The crash had only just occurred, and according to the young paramedics, had they been responding from the station, Mr McGrigor would most likely not have survived.
“When we first got there I just saw him laying on the ground in the middle of the road, the motorbike was lodged underneath the 4WD,” Ms Reid said.
“You could see that the vehicle had been up in flames, it was completely torched, luckily Nathan and Josh were right behind me.
“We checked him and he didn’t have an airway, his heart rate was extremely high and his blood pressure was low, things were not looking good at all.”
The paramedics knew that if they didn’t respond quickly Mr McGrigor’s heart was at risk of stopping completely.
“It was a bit different because normally when we get a job we have a bit of time to mentally prepare, but not for this one,” Mr Jorgensen said.
“The biggest issue for Matt was that he’d punctured one of his lungs, and if left untreated the lungs begin to put pressure on the heart and make it stop beating.
“Our major concerns were head and chest injuries, which were quite significant and serious, usually those sort of injuries it is very rare to…
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