1500 gather in si­lence

Car­ni­val holds minute si­lence for lit­tle girl killed on Bruce Hwy

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS - SARAH STEGER

MORE than 1500 Queensland pri­mary school net­ball play­ers, of­fi­cials, or­gan­is­ers and par­ents stood in si­lence to com­mem­o­rate the death of an eight-year-old who was one of two peo­ple killed in a head-on crash on the Bruce High­way near Childers.

Thou­sands in the Net­ball Queensland com­mu­nity gath­ered on Sun­day at the Sam­sung Pri­mary School Cup event in Bund­aberg and bowed their heads to re­mem­ber one of their own who was trag­i­cally lost on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The young girl was a mem­ber of the Coomera Net­ball Club and was travelling with one of the club’s se­nior coaches and her 12-year-old grand­daugh­ter.

The three were travelling north to­ward Bund­aberg when their sedan col­lided with a north­bound ute 5km south of Childers just af­ter mid­day.

The sole male oc­cu­pant of the ute was pro­nounced dead at the scene, as was the lit­tle girl. Teams of pri­mary school girls locked arms as an an­nouncer thanked ev­ery­one for con­gre­gat­ing on the net­ball courts in hon­our of their loss.

The car was one of sev­eral travelling in con­voy to the Sam­sung Pri­mary Schools Cup – a two-day an­nual school sport­ing event held in Bund­aberg for the first time this week­end. In a state­ment, the Coomera Net­ball Club com­mit­tee said it of­fered its “deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies in­volved”. “We can­not even be­gin to imag­ine what you might be go­ing through at this very sad time,” it read. “We as a club need to rally round and help these fam­i­lies through this very rough time right now. “We are ask­ing you to dig deep and make a do­na­tion di­rect de­posited into our club bank ac­count, all funds raised will go di­rectly to all fam­i­lies in­volved.” Bank de­tails: BSB 633000, Ac­count 160767901, Ref­er­ence 3 beau­ti­ful fam­i­lies.

Photo: Lifef­light Me­dia

HOR­ROR CRASH: Emer­gency ser­vices at the scene of a dou­ble fa­tal­ity at Childers on Fri­day.

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