Boy, 2, killed, man drowns, one missing, in Christmas Day tragedies

(Victoria, Australia) – A two-year-old boy has died in a quad bike accident and a man has drowned and another is missing in Christmas Day tragedies in Victoria.

A police spokeswoman said the child was a passenger on an all-terrain vehicle when he was thrown from it.

They said the boy was trapped underneath the ATV before witnesses freed him and performed CPR. He could not be saved and died at the scene. The vehicle was being driven on private property.

Police were also called out to a drowning at Squeaky Beach in the state’s far south on Friday afternoon. It’s believed two men were swimming with friends when they got into difficulty about 3.40pm.

Police said one of the men was pulled from the water, but couldn’t be revived.

The air wing and water police were on their way to the scene on Friday afternoon to try to find the second man.

Three people died and three were flown to hospital following three separate collisions on Christmas Eve.
At Mount Richmond, west of Portland, a 16-year-old female driver and her 43-year-old female passenger were killed after a crash on Portland-Nelson Road, about 10.25am Thursday.
A 15-year-old in the back seat was airlifted to hospital alongside the driver of a second vehicle, a 50-year-old man. Both remained in stable conditions in hospital on Friday morning.
Hours later three vehicles collided at Flynn in the state’s east, killing one male driver. A woman from a second car was in a critical but stable condition on Friday morning.
In another incident, a young boy was flown to the Royal Children’s Hospital after an accident in Wye River, south of Lorne, after he was hit by a car at a caravan park on the Great Ocean Road shortly after 3pm.
The deaths come just days after the force’s road policing boss warned that police were bracing for a surge in car numbers on the state’s roads this festive season as overseas travel remains all but ruled out because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Assistant Commissioner Libby Murphy said rural and regional roads were of particular concern, with a significant number of motorists expected to travel long distances at high speeds on unfamiliar and busy roads.

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