Boy crushed by fall­ing tree

The West Australian - - NEWS -

A boy is crit­i­cally ill af­ter be­ing crushed un­der a tree dur­ing clean-up ef­forts in the wake of fe­ro­cious storms that pelted south-east Queens­land caus­ing wide­spread dam­age and in­jur­ing three peo­ple and a baby.

The dam­age bill from Thurs­day’s wild weather is ex­pected to be hefty, with crops wiped out, an­i­mals killed, roofs torn from homes and the power net­work hit.

As the clean-up be­gan yes­ter­day, tragedy struck with an 11-year-old boy pinned un­der a tree on a prop­erty at Coolabunia.

Two four-wheel drives were needed to get the tree off the boy, who was air­lifted to the Queens­land Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal in Bris­bane in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

The boy was hurt near where a young mother had been forced to use her body to shield her baby when they were caught in the fury of the hail­storm in a car.

Fiona Simp­son, who was also trav­el­ling with her grand­mother, be­lieves her four-month-old daugh­ter could have died as hail broke their wind­screen. “I looked down and I could see she was scream­ing but I couldn’t even hear her, that’s how loud it was,” she said.

Fiona Simp­son and her daugh­ter.

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