The hole that claimed the life of Reginald Condon has been staked out with caution tape after Sunday’s crash.
The hole that claimed the life of Reginald Condon has been staked out with caution tape after Sunday’s crash. Renee Pilcher

Teen dies from crash injuries

A GYMPIE boy who lost his fight for life in hospital overnight on Monday would not have seen the hole he crashed into on Sunday afternoon.

Reginald Condon, 17, was riding his Suzuki trail bike near railway lines off Old Maryborough Rd at Corella about 12.40pm, when he hit the 3m-wide depression in the ground.

Two other riders on the fire track behind him called for help after the crash.

Reports said the boy was unconscious and unresponsive to treatment by ambulance crews at the scene after suffering severe head injuries.

Officer in Charge of the Gympie Police Station Senior Sergeant Graeme Reeves said the boy's helmet "dislodged" during the crash, and was found nearby.

Investigations have found he was travelling about 60kmh at the time.

Soon after the incident, the boy was airlifted by AGL Action Rescue to the Royal Women and Children's Hospital in Brisbane in a serious condition.

Unfortunately, due to severe head and brain injuries, he lost the fight for his life.

The deep hole was seen yesterday staked out with pegs and roped off with caution tape.

Long grass masked how big it really was, but police estimated about 1.6m deep and 2m long.

Snr Sgt Reeves said train lines were closed in both directions for about two hours after the crash.

Reginald's death comes after a spate of motorbike crashes at the weekend and the death of a motorcyclist at Landsborough yesterday.

"This is tragic circumstances, but police recommend double checking tracks to ensure no obstacles.

"It's important all people ride bikes with the best safety equipment and in safe areas," Snr Sgt Reeves said.

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