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Two-year-old boy killed in quad bike crash in Victoria

Police say the boy was trapped under the bike. Photo: AAP
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A two-year-old boy has died after being thrown from quad bike in Victoria’s north-east, police have been told.

A Victoria Police spokesperson said the vehicle was being driven on a private property on Moss Road, Barnawartha North, when the crash happened about 11.50am.

Investigators were told the two-year-old, a passenger on the vehicle, was thrown off in the crash.

“The boy was trapped underneath the ATV [all-terrain vehicle] before witnesses freed him and performed CPR,” the spokesperson said.

“Sadly, the boy died at the scene.”

The cause of the crash is yet to be determined.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives were en route to the scene of the crash by the afternoon.

Police said the driver was assisting investigators with their inquiries.

All-terrain vehicles are also known as quad bikes or light utility vehicles and are designed to be driven off road.

By October this year, Farmsafe Australia had noted a record 16 deaths linked to the vehicle, and a further 50 injuries.

Mandatory standards for the bikes have come into effect following the government’s acceptance of a recommendation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to introduce the standards in two stages.

Road tragedies strike Christmas period

The Christmas Day tragedy comes after a horror day on regional Victorian roads left three people dead.

Police at the scene of the crash in Mount Richmond. Photo: ABC

Investigations are continuing into a head-on crash that claimed the lives of two people near Portland in Victoria’s south-west yesterday.

Two vehicles collided on the Portland-Nelson Road in Mount Richmond yesterday morning.

The 16-year-old driver of one of the cars and her passenger, a 43-year-old woman, died at the scene.

A 15-year-old girl in the rear passenger seat suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown to hospital.

The driver of the other car, a 50-year-old man, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Meanwhile, the driver of a car in a triple-vehicle crash in Gippsland died and a woman was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Police have been told three vehicles collided on the Princes Highway at Flynn, west of Traralgon, about 1.20pm on Thursday.