Boy, 12, charged over horror crash

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy has been charged over a horror crash which left two 10-year-old boys fighting for their lives in a hospital in far north Queensland.

The 12-year-old was allegedly driving a stolen Toyota Tarago minivan through the Townsville suburb of Kirwan when he lost control of the vehicle and flipped it on Ross River Road just before 7am on Wednesday.

Police said six children aged between 10 and 14 were in the van at the time.


Ambulance officers, including critical care paramedics, treated five young boys and an 11-year-old girl at the scene before transporting them to Townsville Hospital with injuries of varying degrees.

Two 10-year-old boys sustained life-threatening head injuries and remained in hospital in a critical but stable condition on Thursday morning.

It’s understood the Toyota Tarago had allegedly been stolen from the suburb of Cranbrook before the crash.

Police have since charged the 12-year-old driver with seven offences, including three counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle and one count each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and driving without a licence.

The boy was also charged with enter premises and commit indictable offence by break and receiving tainted property in relation to the stolen vehicle.

A 14-year-old boy was cautioned under the Youth Justice Act.

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