Toddler fighting for life after freak accident at Qld paceway

A toddler is fighting for life in hospital after she and her family were hit by a metal starting gate in a freak accident at a harness race track north of Brisbane.

The family were sitting in the crowd at the Redcliffe Paceway when the gate on a pace vehicle failed to retract and struck them around 7.00pm Sunday night.

A two-year-old girl suffered critical facial and abdominal injuries and was rushed to the Queensland Children’s Hospital.


Her mother and father were also injured, along with another child, aged one, but all escaped with non-life threatening injuries.

A workplace health and safety investigation is now underway with the help of Queensland Police to determine what went wrong.

The Redcliffe Harness Racing Club has praised on social media those who assisted.

“Our thoughts and love with those injured in the mobile incident,” the club posted on Facebook.

“Thanks to everyone who helped so quickly.”