Boy crushed by falling tree
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.