Quad bike warning issued after death of boy on farm

RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service has renewed calls for awareness when operating potentially dangerous quad bikes, following the death of a 12-year-old boy at a Wurdong Heights property on Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday was a dark day for quad and All Terrain Vehicle-related incidents, with the rescue service sent to Biloela about 3.30pm, after a 15-year-old girl also fell from an ATV and suffered a suspected spinal injury, as well as internal injuries.

Two hours earlier, a 12-year-old boy had been found dead on a Wurdong Heights private property, south of Gladstone, as a result of a quad bike crash.

RACQ rescue service community co-ordinator Kirsty Hansen said awareness was crucial when operating potentially deadly quad bikes and ATVs.

"While I do believe that introducing safety gear and training would be beneficial, I would also urge quad bike riders to be more aware of their surroundings and influencing factors such as other motor vehicles and livestock," she said.

Out of respect for the family, The Observer has opted not to name the boy who died.

A police media spokesperson said a report was being prepared for the coroner.

The boy's mother was travelling to Gladstone from her Gympie home after learning of the accident.

Alarmingly, the Biloela callout was the fifth quad bike-related task the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service had been sent to this year, an average of more than one a month.

However, there had at that stage been none involving young children.

Ms Hansen said two of the five tasks this year had involved accidents in which livestock played a part.

A Gladstone Police spokesman said the thoughts of all station officers were with the grieving family of the young boy.

"It's just a tragic accident. Our hearts go out to the family," he said.

"Every care should be taken when they're (quad bikes) being used as they can easily tip and in young hands they can be lethal."



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