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Teens injured in all-terrain vehicle roll over

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A Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said they received a call at 3.13pm about the crash which occurred on Ewan Paluma Rd, around 20km west of Paluma. Multiple four-wheel drive ambulances have been sent to the Paluma Cricket Club. Initial reports suggest that two teens were involved in the crash, aged 14 and 17. One is understood to have suffered a broken arm and back injury and the other was knocked unconscious. Additional paramedics were called in from Greenvale and Charters Towers. Earlier this morning a man was taken to Ingham hospital in a critical condition after a quad bike crash on Farrell Drive, Macknade. Quad bike incidents caused 23 deaths in Australia and nine deaths in Queensland in 2020. Roll overs were blamed for nearly half of them.The Federal Government introduced the Consumer Goods (Quad Bikes) Safety Standard in 2019 to improve quad bike safety through better information for consumers and safer new bike design. The standard did not apply to second-hand quads other than those imported into Australia.Phase one of the safety standard started on October 11, 2020, where all new and imported second-hand quad bikes needed to:• Meet requirements specified in the United States or European standard for quad bikes.• Have a durable label that is clear and visible warning of the risk of rollover.• Have information on rollover risk in the owner’s manual or instruction handbook.• Be tested for lateral static stability and display the result on a hang tag.Phase two of the standard began on October 11 2021, requiring all new and imported second-hand general use quad bikes to have an operator protection device integrated into their design, or fitted to them, and meet minimum requirements for stability.More to come. Man critical after quad bike crash A man has been taken to hospital in a critical condition after a quad bike crash early this morning. Paramedics responded to the incident on Farrell Drive, Macknade just before 4am. The man was taken to Ingham Hospital in a critical condition with a serious head injury. It was one of three crashes in North Queensland overnight, with another reported in Currajong and one at Wunjunga. Queensland Ambulance crews responded to the Currajong crash at 8.39pm last night. They transported a person to Townsville University Hospital after a single-vehicle crash down an embankment on Woodcock St and Hugh St. A male in his 30s was taken to Ayr Hospital in a stable condition with chest and shoulder pain following a single vehicle rollover on Beachmount Rd, Wunjunga at 8.26pm. NAT – Stay Informed – Social Mediacaitlan.charles@news.com.au



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