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Girl, 6, still in serious condition after ute rolled

A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl is still in a critical condition in hospital in Brisbane after a ute overturned on a private property on Saturday.

The young girl was a passenger with two adults in the ute which became bogged while trying to drive up a steep incline on a private property on Hut Creek Rd at Larcom.

Forensic Crash Unit Sergeant Patricia Brennan said the car started to slide as the driver tried to get out of the bog, and it rolled several times before landing in a small dam.

Sgt Brennan said the little girl was thrown out of the vehicle and found in the water.

The co-owner of the Mt Larcom News and General Store, Criss Rowe, said the family was often in her store.

"We know the little girl as a regular customer and it's just a shock to find out that this accident has happened because they're a lovely family," she said.

"The little girl is always joking with my husband Trevor, and when he heard of the news this morning he was deeply saddened."

Mrs Rowe described the child as being full of life and a pleasure to have around.

"She is a little tomboy, but is always polite when in my store," she said.

"We're all waiting of news of her condition and our thoughts and prayers go to the family."

The ute was reportedly carrying gear for back-burning, including water tanks, and it was believed a shift in the load might have contributed to the crash.

The two adults in the car at the time are thought to be related to the girl.

The girl was taken to Gladstone Hospital before being flown to Brisbane Hospital where she is in a critical condition.

Topics:  accident, crash, gladstone police, mt larcom




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