The Courier-Mail

Boy critical after crash

Building is on the rise

- CHARLIE PEEL

A BOY who was hit by a ute after running out from behind a school bus was taken to Townsville Hospital in a critical condition late yesterday.

The boy, 10, suffered serious head injuries in the crash at about 5.30pm yesterday and was transporte­d to Townsville Hospital in a critical condition.

Townsville police District Duty Officer Senior Sergeant Brett Smith said: “It appears the boy got off bus at the bus stop and walked out in front of it in front of a ute heading inbound on Riverway Drive”. CONSTRUCTI­ON activity has increased after stagnating or contractin­g in each of the preceding nine months.

The Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Associatio­n performanc­e of constructi­on index rose by 6.7 points to 53.8 in August.

AI Group’s Peter Burn attributed the rise to ongoing strength in residentia­l building and a pick-up in commercial constructi­on. “The positive news from these sub-sectors was strong to outweigh the entrenched contractio­n in engineerin­g constructi­on associated with mining-related projects.”

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