#QldFires: Man, 21, killed trying to protect the family home

A 21-YEAR-OLD man has tragically died after being crushed by a falling tree while reportedly clearing a firebreak on his family’s farm in Queensland’s Central Highlands region.

It happened on a property off O’Brien’s Road at Rolleston, 300km inland of Rockhampton, about 7.30pm last night.

It’s understood the young man was felling trees with a chainsaw along a firebreak on his family’s property when one of the trees fell on top of him.


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Police said three other men who were with the man desperately tried to remove the tree and free their mate, but there was nothing they could do.

Sadly, despite the best efforts of emergency services and those at the scene, the young man could not be saved.

Police confirmed the 21-year-old man succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

In a post on Twitter, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the young man’s death was a “tragedy”.

“My heartfelt sympathies go out to a Rolleston family after the death of their son,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“This tragedy brings home the serious dangers of the bushfires and the courage of those fighting them.”

Investigations into the death are continuing and police will now prepare a report for the Coroner.

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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