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Boy dies day after train accident

Posted by: 3AW Radio | 3 October, 2011 - 12:05 PM
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LATEST: A three-year-old boy has died in hospital after being struck by a V/Line train at Wallace on Monday.

The boy died on Tuesday afternoon after sustaining critical injuries in the incident which occurred at 11.20 yesterday morning.

The girl remains in a stable condition at the Royal Children's Hospital.

Police said the children, who are not brother and sister, were playing in the backyard of a house that borders the railway line.

The mother of one of the children took her eye off the children briefly and they ran out to the tracks near the Wescotts Road level crossing.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TUESDAY: Two young children were flown to hospital after they were hit by a train while playing on the railway tracks near Ballarat on Monday morning.

The three-year-old boy and a four-year old girl were clipped by the high-speed V/Line train after wandering onto the tracks at Wallace.

The friends had been playing in the backyard of a house near the tracks when a mother supervising the pair briefly took her eyes off them.

The boy suffered critical head, chest and abdominal injuries and was placed into an induced coma before being flown to the Royal Children's Hospital.

He remains in a critical condition on Tuesday.

The girl suffered a head injury and is in a stable condition.

Police are continuing their investigations and the train driver and passengers have been offered counselling.

MONDAY: Two young children were flown to hospital after they were hit by a train while playing on the railway tracks near Ballarat on Monday morning.

A three-year-old boy suffered life-threatening head injuries and a four-year-old girl suffered bruising and swelling to her face in the accident at Wallace, about 20 kilometres east of Ballarat.

Police said the children, who are not brother and sister, were playing in the backyard of a house that borders the railway line.

The mother of one of the children took her eye off the children briefly and they ran out to the tracks near the Wescotts Road level crossing.

The boy was earlier believed to be trapped under the V/Line train.

An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said they were "clipped" by the 10.07am train from Melbourne to Ballarat.

Paramedic acting group manager Gary Curnow said the children were either walking beside or on the tracks as the train approached.

"The train's obviously hit one or both of the children. Both sustained head injuries, one serious head injuries. The second serious but not critical," he said.

Mr Curnow said paramedics placed the boy in a coma and he was flown to the Royal Children's Hospital.

"The major concern was his head injury," he said. "The conscious girl was obviously upset. She has a head injury with bruising. She was taken to the Royal Children's Hospital as well for assessment."

"The train driver was certainly shaken up, very upset and very concerned."

There were about 90 passengers on the three-carriage Velocity train, and all were questioned by police before taking buses to Ballarat.

Rail services on the Ballarat line were suspended in both directions.

V/Line spokesman James Kelly said the two services between Ballarat and Melbourne were cancelled immediately after the accident.

Meanwhile, An 11-year-old boy is dead after a farming accident at a rural property in the state's north.

The boy was riding a quad bike to move cows at a property in Katunga when it rolled over just before 10 this morning. 

Gabrielle Degenhardt From Ambulance Victoria says paramedics worked hard on the boy, but he went into cardic arrest, and died at the scene.

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  • Criticism against the parents' actions are unjust and unfair. A truly tragic and chilling accident, indeed, but keeping a constant eye on curious, energetic children is not always possible every minute, every second of the day.
    Simply an accident. No-one should be blamed but the co-incidences of fate.

    Lana Wilson Tuesday 4 October, 2011 - 8:56 PM
  • How horrible.
    Either more and more kids are being killed these days or it's getting reported more now.
    This is a wake up call to all parents to either be more vigilant or teach safety to their kids.
    Not saying it's parents' fault but kids have to be aware of dangers.

    Peggy Tuesday 4 October, 2011 - 9:26 AM
  • Police media have confirmed an 11-year-old boy has been killed in a quad bike accident on a rural property north of Shepparton. No other information about this tragedy is available at this stage. from newspaper. Also A GIRL has died after being trampled by a cow at a Victorian property.

    The 13-year-old was at a property in Katunga, in Victoria's north, when she was trampled this morning.

    Ambulance crews were at the property within six minutes but were unable to save the girl.

    "She was critical and had multiple injuries then went into cardiac arrest and died at the scene," an Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said.

    janet p Monday 3 October, 2011 - 1:02 PM
  • Where are the parents?

    Pam B Monday 3 October, 2011 - 1:02 PM

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