A GROUP of construction workers became accidental heroes, lifting a 1400kg ute to free a crushed driver on the Warrego Highway near Roma.
The nine construction workers were travelling in a convoy 10km east of Yuleba - population of just over 200 people - when they saw an overturned Mitsubishi ute in a roadside ditch about 10.40pm on Sunday, The Courier Mail reports.
Showing initiative and brute strength, six of the workers lifted the rolled ute - which was lying on its roof - while another pulled the driver free from being trapped under the cab. Last night, the crew unwound at a Roma pub with a few "coldies" while the injured 60-year-old was recovering in hospital.
The man had been driving the ute east on the Warrego Highway when he veered off the left-hand shoulder.
Police said it appeared the driver had over-corrected, skidded out of control and rolled the ute on to its roof.
The man's 1995 Mitsubishi Triton ute came to a stop on the other side of the road in a drain beside the road.
His 15-year-old son, who was a passenger in the ute, escaped with minor injuries.
Desperate family members - two women who were travelling in convoy but in a separate 4WD - and the son were frantically trying to help the man before Robert Leilua, 43, and his workmates arrived on the scene.
"He was lucky we turned up," he said.
Mr Leilua said it took him "two goes" before he was able to reach in and drag the man, who was drifting in and out of consciousness, out from underneath the cab and away from the wreck.
The ute was packed with belongings including cabinets and a coffee table as the family were moving house.
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