8-year-old scooter rider hit by a truck in serious condition
WHAT WE KNOW:
- An eight-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being hit by a truck
- He was riding a scooter when the accident happened at Caloundra West
- He has been taken to Lady Cilento Children's hospital with a head injury
- Locals have described the intersection as notorious
LATEST: RESIDENTS of the Caloundra West estate where an eight-year-old boy was hit by a truck this morning say the intersection where it occurred is notoriously known.
Police are investigating after the boy suffered serious head injuries and had to be air lifted to Lady Cilento Children's Hospital after he was hit by a truck on Indigo Rd while riding his electric scooter about 9.30am.
Tim, who wished to only be known by his first name, said trucks and cars often didn't slow down on approach to the intersection as there were no stop signs, give way signs or a reduced speed limit.
He said this, combined with a large number of kids crossing the road to the park, made it a recipe for disaster.
"It's a stupid intersection," he said.
"It's a really, really bad design. There should be a stop sign.
"Young hoons fly around the corner, the trucks drive straight through and kids don't look - it's like Russian roulette.
"How we haven't lost a dozen kids in the last year I'll never know."
Tim said the family who lived right on the intersection was fearful that a car or truck one day was going to end up in the house.
"She's moved all her family into the rooms towards the back of the house because she's scared," he said.
Tim was hoping that this incident would prompt a change to the design of the intersection to prevent it happening again.
"It's terrible that it takes something like this for something to happen," he said.
"If nothing happens now there's something wrong with the system."
The Forensic Crash Unit was on scene earlier today and investigations are continuing.
UPDATE 2pm: THE Caloundra West intersection where an 8-year-old boy was hit by a truck has been described by one local resident as notorious.
Tim, who whished to be known only by his first name said the intersection of Indigo Rd and Amber Dr was dangerous.
"It's like Russian roulette," he said.
"How we haven't lost a dozen kids since last year I'll never know."
UPDATE 1pm: THE Forensic Crash unit is investigating how an 8-year-old boy was injured when he was hit by a truck at Caloundra West.
Police said the boy was riding his scooter on a footpath when he moved onto Indigo Rd and into the path of the truck.
The boy received serious head injuries and was taken to Caloundra Hospital before being air-lifted to Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane.
UPDATE 10.30am: A CHILD who was hit by a vehicle at Caloundra West is in a serious condition.
The child received a head injury during the accident at the intersection of Indigo Rd and Amber Dr about 9.40am.
Paramedics, including a Critical Care Paramedic, took the child to Caloundra Hospital.
Update: child hit by vehicle, Indigo Rd & Amber Dr #CaloundraWest. Patient being transported serious to Caloundra Hospital w CCP on board.— Queensland Ambulance (@QldAmbulance) April 8, 2016
INITIAL REPORT: A CHILD has received a head injury when hit by a car at Caloundra west about 9.40am.
Paramedics are treating the child at the intersection of Indigo Rd and Amber Dr.
Drivers are being asked to avoid the area.