Cop's message as he wakes from coma after nearly being killed
The police officer almost killed while trying to intercept an allegedly stolen truck has woken from a coma and thanked the public as Queensland's police commissioner visited him in hospital.
Detective Senior Constable Steve Ingerson was awake and talking today, two days after slipping into a coma.
Ingerson was seriously injured when he was pinned between a stolen truck and a police car north of Toowoomba.
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"I wish to say a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Meringandan Produce and other members of the public who came to our aid at the scene on Wednesday afternoon," Ingerson said in a statement.
"And to the medical staff at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, who have been above amazing.
"I want to particularly thank my police mates for their visits and messages of support.
"I am grateful to have received so many well wishes from people across the community, it's been quite humbling."
LifeFlight airlifted Ingerson to Princess Alexandra Hospital after he was given a blood transfusion at the scene.
He fell into a coma on Wednesday and woke up on Thursday. He is expected to leave the hospital tonight.
Commissioner Katarina Carroll was one of the first to speak to Ingerson when he woke up.
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"In the beginning, we definitely thought the worst, because it was pretty dire," she said.
"People who know Ingo would agree with me, he's such a wonderful human being, he's fun, he's funny and has an amazing family."
The 45-year-old man accused of hitting Ingerson with a stolen truck has been charged with attempted murder.
Police officers told 9News that the trauma of the incident left them fearing for the worst, immediately reminding them of the fatal shooting of two police officers and a member of the public in Wieambilla last year.
"We will never recover from Wieambilla, it will be etched in our hearts and minds forever."