The nine-year-old struck by an out-of-control racing lawnmower at the Fraser Coast Show is out of hospital and reportedly in good spirits.
The nine-year-old struck by an out-of-control racing lawnmower at the Fraser Coast Show is out of hospital and reportedly in good spirits. Valerie Horton

Show's racing lawnmower crash under investigation

INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into a crash at the Fraser Coast Show that saw a racing lawnmower break away from the track and plough into a group of spectators, injuring nine-year-old Ella Cole.

Fraser Coast Mower Racing Club president John Dodd said Ella was discharged from hospital on Saturday with bruising and was in good spirits.

The Maryborough girl had been taken to hospital with suspected broken bones.

Mr Dodd said the rider, who was shaken and also had some cuts and bruises after the accident, had spoken to Ella's family.

Fraser Coast Show Society president Gary Jensen said the society would wait for advice from the result of the investigation.

He said the society did not want to discount having lawnmower races at next year's event.

The lawnmower races that were planned to take place on Saturday were cancelled out of respect for Ella and her family, while the V8 demonstration was moved further away from the crowd.

Mr Jensen said it was likely lawnmower races would also be moved to the side of the arena further away from the crowd at future shows.

"Safety is paramount," he said.


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