Teen killed in riding accident

A TEENAGE girl was killed in a horse riding accident at Mt Beppo, about 80km north of Ipswich.

Police said the 16-year-old was riding slowly along Silverleaves Rd with her stepfather, about 11.30am on Tuesday, when her horse bolted.

A spokeswoman from the Department of Community Safety said initial reports stated the girl suffered severe head injuries after colliding with a light pole and being crushed by the horse.

Ambulance rushed to the Brisbane Valley township to treat the girl, however she died on the way to Esk Hospital.

The girl’s name was not released yesterday but police were able to confirm that she lived in the local area.

Officers from Ipswich’s Forensic Crash Unit and a detective from the Child Protection and Investigation Unit travelled to the area yesterday afternoon to begin the investigation.

Part of the probe will include speaking with the girl’s stepfather.

Child Protection and Investigation Unit Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Williams said it was policy for the sudden deaths of people aged under 18 to be investigated.

He said that the police presence didn’t necessarily point to anything other than a tragic accident.

Police have also sought clearance to have the horse examined by a veterinarian.

A report on the girl’s death will be prepared for the coroner.

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