Flash flood drowns teen
MOTHER nature and unlucky timing conspired to wash a family’s car off a Lockyer Valley causeway ultimately leading to the tragic drowning death of a 14-year-old boy at the weekend.
The family, believed to be from the Black Duck Creek area, were returning home in two cars just after 8pm Saturday when tragedy struck.
Officer-in-Charge of Gatton Police senior sergeant Tom Missingham said the boy’s mother and her two sons had been travelling in a car followed by her husband in another vehicle on their way home Saturday night.
The vehicles had been travelling across a causeway on Blackduck Creek Road near Junction View which, at the time, had no or little water crossing it, but a surge of water from a heavy downpour upstream had arrived at the causeway just as the lead car was crossing.
“There was no indication the surge of water was coming and it washed the car across the road into the creek and downstream about 800 metres,” Snr Sgt Missingham said.
“The father (in the second vehicle) got out and followed the car’s lights as it bobbed up and down in the creek.”
Snr Sgt Missingham said the man got to the car and retrieved one son, who he took to safety before going back for the others.
However, by the time he returned to the car the man’s wife and 14-year-old son were out and he helped the woman to the bank, but then couldn’t find the teenager in the dark.
The 14-year-old, believed to be wheelchair bound, was washed away.
Police found his body about 11.45pm downstream in a tree.
Rescue attempts were made even more difficult when subsequent rain flooded several creeks on either side of the accident scene, holding up Emergency Services teams.
Police were still having trouble accessing the area yesterday and the car remained in the creek.
Snr Sgt Missingham said a report would be compiled for the coroner.
The name of the boy had not been released by police last night.
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