Boy injured crossing road

ONE of a series of crashes on Emerald roads during the past week has left a 10-year-old boy seriously injured in hospital.

The incident involving the young boy happened on Friday at 3.30pm on the Gregory Hwy, opposite the Explorers Inn, when he was struck by a car.

The vehicle, a Holden Rodeo utility, was travelling north into Emerald when the boy reportedly ran across the road without looking.

The boy was treated by paramedics at the scene and transported to Emerald Hospital.

He was later airlifted to Rockhampton and then to Brisbane with serious injuries.

He received a fractured left femur, fractured left pelvis, head lacerations, abdominal injuries and multiple lacerations.

Police investigators attended and took photos of the scene and the vehicle.

Investigations revealed the injured child had run across the highway in front of traffic after retrieving a gold ball from the eastern side of the road.

The driver was not at fault, police said.

Police were kept busy on Friday with another two-vehicle crash at 7.30pm.

Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene at the intersection of Yamala and Ruby Sts.

There were no injuries and one driver was issued an infringement notice for failure to give way.

The beginning of the crash tally started on Wednesday, September 28, at 7.45am at the intersection of the Capricorn Hwy and the farm entrance road to Ridgeview.

A vehicle was leaving Ridgeview and turning left towards Emerald when a vehicle on the Capricorn Hwy travelling north towards Blackwater went to overtake a truck.

The turning vehicle did not see the overtaking vehicle and pulled out resulting in both cars swerving to the side of the road and hitting each other.

The driver of the turning vehicle was taken to Emerald hospital with concussion. The other driver was uninjured.

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