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Quad bike crash fatality

A YOUNG man is dead after a three-vehicle crash at Amamoor Creek, near the Gympie Muster site, yesterday.

The man, 19, is believed to have died instantly when a quad bike he was riding was involved in a head-on collision with a four-wheel drive vehicle about 9.30am.

He and a companion, also on a quad bike, were apparently riding away from wild

life rangers who had spotted them in the nearby camping area, riding the unregistered machines near campers.

The victim was from Langshaw, south-west of Gympie.

Camper Grant Anderson, from Springwood, was first on the scene and said the dead man was beyond help, with no pulse, when he arrived.

"Full credit to the rangers," he said.

"When they exited the park, the rangers were about 400m behind them and moving slowly to avoid any danger to campers.

"I could hear the Toyota and see it through the trees, travelling about 35 to 40kmh.

"I could hear the quad bikes quite loudly. Then I lost sight of the four-wheel drive, heard a crash and there was no more noise from the quads."

Mr Anderson said the second rider had collided with the side of the LandCruiser and was on his feet, but erratic and not quite able to comprehend what had happened.

Imbil Police Sergeant Terry Kennedy said the riders saw the rangers and fled.

"The four-wheel drive tried to swerve," he said.

"The first rider looked around to check for the rangers and came to a bend in the road.

"He looked around, saw the four-wheel drive and they tried to miss each other and just couldn't."

Topics:  crash, fatality, quad bikes




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