Crash highlights quad bikes danger

A FIFTEEN year old Inverloch girl is fighting for life in the Royal Children’s Hospital after a quad bike accident in Devon North near Yarram on Wednesday afternoon.

A 16 year old male from Narre Warren South was a passenger on the bike and remains in a critical but stable condition in the Alfred Hospital.

The incident occurred in Bolgers Road.

“It appears the girl lost control of the bike on a bend. The bike skidded and flipped throwing the pair onto the road. They both suffered significant head injuries in the accident,” Yarram Police Sergeant Brian Howard said.

“Both were knocked unconscious, however the male came too shortly after and contacted his parents, who rushed to the scene and notified the ambulance, who then called police to assist.

“The parents of both victims are devastated.”

The girl underwent surgery last Wednesday evening and Thursday, and was in a critical but stable condition. She is suffering from significant injuries.

The male remained in hospital in a stable condition.

Last year, Victoria became the first state to require mandatory rollover protection to be fitted to quad bikes used in the workplace, including farms.

According to Safe Work Australia, almost one in seven fatal quad bike incidents involved children under 16 years.

Safe Work Australia’s website said children under 16 should never ride adult sized quad bikes.

“You should never carry children as passengers on single rider quad bikes. Carrying children or other passengers adversely affects quad bike stability and increases the risk of rollover,” it said.

There were 10 quad bike fatalities in 2017, two of those in Victoria.

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