RED-FACED: Workers remove the cage which rolled down from a construction site and took out a letterbox.
RED-FACED: Workers remove the cage which rolled down from a construction site and took out a letterbox. CONTRBUTED

Giant metal cage misses boy, 7, after rolling down hill

WILL Ovenden was riding around on his driveway just moments before a large metal cage flew across the road and landed in his front yard.

When the Buderim seven-year-old's mum Nina saw the cylinder come to a stop, her first thought was: "Where's Will?"

"He had been riding up and down the driveway moments before the incident happened," she said.

"When the cage rolled down the hill, weighing a tonne ... by chance he'd hopped off his bike and come inside.

"It was a near miss."

It is believed the metal cage came from a construction site uphill from the Ovendens, where civil works are being carried out.

Mrs Ovenden said it was lucky no one was seriously injured, or worse.

"The road the construction site runs parallel with is a busy road (Bell Rd). There are always people walking up and down the hill," she said.

"It was just an absolute act of God no one was injured or killed. It was sheer luck that nobody was around.

"The tree stopped the cage from rolling into the house.

"It took out the letterbox and some trees."

Mrs Ovenden said the workers on site were shaken.

"I feel quite sorry for the guy that was involved," she said.

"At the end of the day, we're all human. Mistakes are made.

"I do know there was a safety meeting immediately after.

"I demanded to speak to the foreman. He was visibly shaken about the incident.

"It could have been catastrophic.

"It's really lucky it did happen the way it did."


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