Boy killed, another injured in farm tragedy

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has died and another has been airlifted to hospital after they were electrocuted on a farm in North Queensland.

The teens were reportedly hunting on a property at Tolga, southwest of Cairns, when tragedy struck about 6pm on Friday.

It’s understood the boys came into contact with power lines while moving irrigation sprinklers on the farm.


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Sadly, one of the boys died at the scene while the other was rushed to Atherton Hospital with burns.

Workcover Queensland is investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal accident.

Police are also investigating and will prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.

The tragedy comes just a day after two 17-year-old boys were electrocuted by 25,000-volt wires on a train line at Pimpama, on the Gold Coast.

Rex Warburton and Jake Walton remain in a critical but stable condition in intensive care at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital after the incident on Thursday night.

They suffered burns to more than 50 per cent of their bodies when the high voltage wires arced and hit them while they were sitting on concrete barriers supporting a rail bridge.

A third boy, also 17, suffered burns to his hands while trying to put out his friends’ burning clothes.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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