"...our Kevin will be missed every day" - a community responds to tragedy

HELPING HANDS: Many locals helped Kevin Rogers escape from the buring car but he sadly died in hospital this week. Photo Contributed
HELPING HANDS: Many locals helped Kevin Rogers escape from the buring car but he sadly died in hospital this week. Photo Contributed Contributed

"THERE were a few moments where it was grim, where we thought we were going to witness him not be able to get out."

This was the outcome Todd Robertson and many others were desperate to avoid when Kevin Rogers' car burst into flames after crashing into a power pole on Sunday at Hamilton Plains.

About 10.40am, the 76-year-old was driving along Shute Harbour Rd, 100m east of its intersection with the Bruce Hwy, when the accident occurred.

He was taken to Proserpine Hospital for treatment of significant burns before being airlifted to the burns unit of the Royal Brisbane Hospital, where he later died on Tuesday.

Locals from the Proserpine community where Mr Rogers was well known for his Farm HQ business and from Midge Point, where he was a member of the Progress Association, have since been expressing their sadness at the tragedy.

On Tuesday, Midge Point Progress Association secretary Colleen Birtwistle emailed members with the news, describing Mr Rogers as "one of the pillars of our community".

"Thoughts are with the family at this sad time and our Kevin will be missed every day," she said.

Todd Robertson, 26, and his housemate Zane Reid were on their way to Airlie Beach when they found themselves behind the horror crash.

"We just thought we should investigate and make sure no one was in the car, so we went down the road," Mr Robertson said.

"The person in the car was trying to step out and there were the cables from the powerline that were over the car and over the door and he was relatively trapped and that was the problem."

Mr Robertson made multiple attempts to free Mr Rogers, but the distance between the pair coupled with the flames made his attempts nearly impossible, until another man came running to help, armed with a fire extinguisher.

They then laid him down away from the wreckage and Mr Reid instructed onlookers to collect wet towels to put over his body.

Mr Robertson said everyone on the scene did as much as they could and "every little helping hand (on Sunday) made a difference".

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