RECOVERING: Five -year-old Destiny Blaxland is recovering at Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) after being hit by a car earlier this morning in Curra.
RECOVERING: Five -year-old Destiny Blaxland is recovering at Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) after being hit by a car earlier this morning in Curra. CONTRIBUTED

Fun loving 5-year-old 'stable' after Curra accident

UPDATE 5:30pm:

CURRA residents are calling for a road to be widened and speed limit reduced after a five-year-old girl was struck by a small SUV on Curra Estate Rd yesterday morning.

Destiny Blaxland, 5, boarded Bartons Bus for Chatsworth State School at 7.40am when she reportedly got back off the bus to fetch a forgotten school bag and was hit behind the bus by a passing car.

 

Curra resident Trevor Harvey at the scene where a 5-year-old girl was hit by a car on Tuesday morning.
Curra resident Trevor Harvey at the scene where a 5-year-old girl was hit by a car on Tuesday morning. Philippe Coquerand

Neighbour Trevor Harvey was putting out his wheelie bins when he heard screams from Destiny's mother.

"I heard the child's mum say 'Stop! Stop! Stop! And then bang," Mr Harvey said.

"She was hit from the left-hand headlight of the car with it shattering everywhere.

"The mum ran over to help her daughter. The woman who hit her was in complete shock and was calling 000 with her hands trembling and shaking - it wasn't her fault at all. Luckily, she wasn't driving fast otherwise we could have a different result."

Mr Harvey said Gympie Regional Council needed to take action to ensure school children were kept safe.

"We have B-doubles and cane truck drivers going through Curra Estate Rd all the time," he said.

"It's not their fault, but we need this road to be widened.

"I also think we need designated bus stops that are covered so the children don't have to walk across the road and endanger themselves."

The RACQ Lifeflight helicopter was tasked to the scene and airlifted Destiny to Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a stable condition with back and arm injuries.

A SCHUH spokesman later confirmed Destiny was "stable".

An Education Department spokesman said counselling would be offered to students on the bus who witnessed the incident.

"A small number of students may have witnessed the accident. Department of Education Guidance Officers will provide support and counselling to affected students as required," the spokesman said.

"The school has contacted parents/carers advising of the incident and outlining support available. The school community offers their thoughts and best wishes to the child and family."

A council spokeswoman said with every incident, data was generated to help assess the safety and functionality of Gympie roads.

Gympie police are still investigating the incident.

EARLIER 9.20am:

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD girl who was struck by a car after exiting a school bus at Curra this morning has been airlifted to hospital.

The girl who had boarded the school bus reportedly left the bus to fetch a forgotten school bag when she was hit behind the bus by a passing car, a Queensland Ambulance Services spokesman said.

The girl, who reportedly has back and arm injuries, is in a stable condition and is being flown to Lady Cilento Hospital.

 

Neighbour Geoff Sellin was returning home from buying the paper when he heard the accident.

He was still in shock after stepping in to help direct traffic.

"First responders were quick on the scene," he said.

He said paramedics were concerned about the girl having spinal injuries.

EARLIER 8.40am:

A RESCUE helicopter has been called to Curra where a pedestrian was injured by a vehicle earlier this morning.

Paramedics are on the scene at Curra Esate Rd, where one person is being treated with back and arm injuries.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the person was in a stable condition.

More details as they come to hand.

Gympie Times


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