ATV rider flown to hospital
ANOTHER quad bike accident in the region has hospitalised a Manumbar man.
On Wednesday just before 3pm the man, 51, crashed his quad bike about 50km south of Kilkivan and was airlifted by RACQ CareFlight to Toowoomba Hospital in a stable condition.
RACQ CareFlight Air Crewman Ben Toolop said the man wasn’t far from his home when he crashed.
“It’s believed the man was riding his quad bike when he came off, injuring his abdomen area.
He was also suffering from some chest pain,” Mr Toolop said.
It is unknown if the man was riding for recreational purposes when the accident happened.
In November 2008 a man died after falling off his quad bike and being hit by a car along Tin Can Bay Road. And back in 2004 a four-year-old Gympie boy died after coming off his quad.
A Farmsafe Australia report last year found that four-wheel bikes caused more deaths on Australian properties than tractors.
Report author Peter Hickey, who does motorbike safety courses around the country including in Gympie, said all four-wheel or terrain vehicles (ATV) were so dangerous because people tended to not wear a helmet when riding them.
Also the weight of the ATV was dangerous as quite often people were pinned under a weight of up to 300kg, sometimes in water.
Farmers over 49 years of age and children under 15 years were the most at risk according to his research.
Mr Hickey warned parents to make their children always wear a helmet, teach them to ride ATVs properly and keep young children off ATVs all together.
“It is important to be aware of the inherent dangers and concentrate when riding,” Mr Hickey said.
“Serious accidents can often occur at speeds as low as 5km/h, when the rider runs into something or falls and strikes their head on a rock or hard ground.