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.
My heartfelt sympathies go out to a Rolleston family after the death of their son. The 21yr old was killed by a falling tree while clearing a fire break on the family property.
This tragedy brings home the serious dangers of the bushfires and the courage of those fighting them.
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) December 1, 2018
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.
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