An 11-year-old boy on a scooter has been struck by a car towing a caravan in a Sydney suburb in an horrific start to the school holidays.
The boy reportedly suffered extremely serious injuries during the accident in Marayong in the city’s west. He was freed by bystanders before being treated by paramedics for leg injuries.
He was then taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in a serious but stable condition.
Shocked onlookers were seen consoling each other at the scene of the accident on Monday afternoon.
While the circumstances surrounding this incident are not known and it occurred in a suburban street rather than in a caravan park or camping area, it has once again highlighted the need for grey nomads and all travellers to remain vigilant in what can be a constantly changing camping environment … especially during the school holidays.
Caravanners and motohomers should always expect the unexpected as bad things do happen.
Earlier this year, a 17-month-old girl died after being struck by a 4WD vehicle at a caravan park in Lake Conjola on the New South Wales South Coast.
And grey nomad, Stewart Corfield, recalls an incident at a Gold Coast caravan park a couple of years ago.
“A kid playing with a ball dived under my car as I was reversing to hook on to my van,” he said. “I was looking backwards … and just glimpsed him going under to retrieve the ball!”
With children sometimes running and skating around erratically, and stressed travellers often preoccupied looking for their sites, it is easy to see why accidents do happen in caravan parks.
While many parks try to make things safer by implementing 10km/h speed limits and introducing speed bumps, there is no way you can legislate for the unpredictable behaviour of others.