News

Church community tries to comprehend tragic loss of boy

The wrecked Toyota Land Cruiser which crashed in the early hours of Tuesday morning near Bororen, an accident which tragically claimed the life of a 9-year-old boy and left a 4-year-old boy fighting for his life.
The wrecked Toyota Land Cruiser which crashed in the early hours of Tuesday morning near Bororen, an accident which tragically claimed the life of a 9-year-old boy and left a 4-year-old boy fighting for his life. Mike Richards

A NINE-year-old Nambour boy has died after being flung 18m from a car during a crash near Gladstone early Tuesday morning.

A four-year-old boy, believed to be the nine-year-old's brother, was also flung from the wreckage.

He is in a critical condition at Brisbane's Royal Children's Hospital with serious head and spinal injuries.

Four others - three children and the 36-year-old female driver - are in a stable condition at Gladstone Hospital.

The devastating Bruce Hwy accident rocked dozens of local emergency services workers who raced to the scene.

The children attended Nambour's Flametree Baptist Church, and senior pastor Joel Baker said the church community was still trying to comprehend the tragic loss.

"We all grieve with the mother and are praying for the recovery of the little one," he said.

Do you have a tribute for the family? Email it to kathy.sundstrom@scnews.com.au.

The crash happened along a stretch of the Bruce Highway at Bororen, 50km south of Gladstone.

Six occupants were in a late model Toyota Prado when the 4WD veered across to the other side of the road and rolled down a steep embankment about 12.30am.

The nine-year-old boy was thrown from the car and was deceased when found, while the four-year-old boy was airlifted to Brisbane's Royal Children's Hospital after suffering critical head and spinal injuries.

Accident investigation officers were on scene, but Miriam Vale's Sergeant Owen Harms said initial indications were that fatigue could have contributed to the accident.

"We believe fatigue could be a contributing factor to the crash, and if so it clearly displays a message that adequate breaks while driving are absolutely necessary," he said.

Sgt Harms said the occupants were south-bound on a reasonably good stretch of highway when the crash occurred.

"(The 4WD) tragically left the road, went down a steep embankment and overturned, during which some of the juveniles were thrown from the car," Sgt Harms said.

One child was trapped in the vehicle before being airlifted to Brisbane, while two children were also thrown from the Prado.

The nine-year-old who died at the scene was thrown up to 18m from the car, while the other child was found in a nearby tree.

Sgt Harms said the accident had affected responding emergency services officers.

"It's just so tragic when a young kid gets killed. It's particularly emotional and it definitely impacts on emergency services that have to attend these scenes," he said.

The 4WD will undergo a police mechanical check as investigations into the crash continue and local police plead for people to take adequate breaks.

Investigations are continuing. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  bororen bruce highway fatality nambour



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Mum's terrifying run-in with machete man on Gladstone street

WEAPON: Whitehead said he grabbed his machete to confront the man threatening his dogs and followed him up the street.

"Come here you f****ing (expletives).” Gladstone man wields machete

CCTV footage busts McDonald's drive-thru prankster

Sam Gardner

AN early morning Macca's trip ended badly for this Gladstone teen

Bechtel workers await fate in ATO challenge

GLNG site tour on Curtis Island.

COLD-WATER poured on wide-travelling rumors Bechtel case is dead.

Local Partners

Taylor Lautner 'spotted smooching co-star'

Taylor Lautner has been romantically linked to Billie Lourd

David Beckham's tattoos come to life for UNICEF campaign

David Beckham has called for an end to violence against children

Pop star Liam Payne's Facebook hacked with porn

"Things that can happen to you when you don't have sex."

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather during his childhood.

Leo designs shocker tattoo for Tom Hardy after lost bet

Leonardo DiCaprio has designed a new tattoo for Tom Hardy

Hollywood star at home on the Coffs Coast

FEELING LUCKY, SON?: Scott Eastwood visited the Coffs Coast

Guess which Hollywood star has been seen around the Coffs Coast?

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Seven Gladstone homes selling right now leave experts shocked

PROPERTY GURUS pick seven properties that show market has hit bottom

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!