Accidental hero saves boy

By MIKARLA THURECHT

ROCKHAMPTON man David Hunt is an accidental hero.

Mr Hunt watched in horror as a passing truck's tailgate swung out and hit an eight-year-old boy as he walked along Wood Street, Depot Hill, with a friend about 10am yesterday.

"The tailgate was swinging back and forth,'' Mr Hunt said. ?

"It hit the kid in the back of the head and he went straight to the ground.''

Mr Hunt, a Wood Street resident, said passers-by were confused and not helping the boy after the accident.

Mr Hunt said the boy's friend was unsuccessfully trying to wake the boy, who is believed to have been knocked unconscious.

Mr Hunt said he noticed the boy was choking on something and he did the only thing he could think of.

"I put my fingers down his throat and cleared it.

"It was a water balloon.''

Mr Hunt said he had never done first-aid before and claimed that the right thing to do just came to him.

"It all came into my head. I thought I'd better calm myself (because I have a heart condition) for the little one, who didn't look like he was breathing.''

Mr Hunt said he and his two children, aged two and six, had been about to go to the Gracemere Bakery for a treat when they saw the accident happen.

The boy was under observation in Rockhampton Hospital late yesterday with minor injuries to the back of his head.

It was unknown when he would be released.

Senior Constable Brett Lord said police, Workplace Health and Safety and Queensland Transport would investigate the accident.

Early investigations indicated the truck driver was not negligent and authorities would try to establish why the tailgate had come open.



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