The bridge over Ginger Creek where two brothers came off their dirt bike on Friday night.
The bridge over Ginger Creek where two brothers came off their dirt bike on Friday night. Craig Warhurst

Gympie family grieves for teen lost in motorbike accident

A GYMPIE teenager is dead and his big brother fighting for life after the motorbike they were both riding crashed off a bridge near Goomboorian late on Friday night.

Clancy David Stevens, 17, died at the isolated scene on the dead-end road hours before help arrived in the form of an off-duty nurse, who then did everything she could for Clancy's critically injured brother Josiah William Stevens, 22, until paramedics arrived and he was airlifted to Brisbane.

Josiah remained in a critical condition and on life support in the Royal Brisbane Hospital yesterday.

He received extensive head and multiple trauma injuries in the accident.

Clancy and Josiah were doubling on a trail bike along Henry Rd at Goomboorian when it is believed they lost control of the bike while crossing the small timber bridge over Ginger Creek.

The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter flew to the aid of Josiah, who was semi-submerged in Ginger Creek when he was found just before 8am on Saturday.

An AGL rescue helicopter spokesman said yesterday it was believed the crash happened some hours before the registered nurse, enroute to work, discovered the accident scene.

She gave Josiah immediate first-aid while the rescue helicopter flew to the scene.

The helicopter's flight doctor and flight paramedic took over medical treatment of Josiah as soon as they arrived.

He was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, where he remained in a critical condition last night.

The police forensic crash unit is investigating the accident.

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