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Pedestrian safety upgrades had begun where teen hit by truck

An ambulance is at the scene of a crash where a child has been hit by a truck.
An ambulance is at the scene of a crash where a child has been hit by a truck. Adam Wratten

UPDATE 7.30PM: IMPROVEMENTS for pedestrian safety at the busy North Rockhampton intersection where a teenage cyclist was injured this morning after being run over by a truck had begun on Sunday.

The Queensland Ambulance Service were called to the Yaamba Rd and Richardson Rd intersection at around 8.20am this morning after reports a teen had been hit by a truck.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads said the upgrade at the Bruce Highway (Yaamba Road)/Richardson Road intersection included pedestrian facilities, underground electrical works, replacement of concrete medians and road repairs.  

A spokesman said planning for these works involved a review of crash history, existing pedestrian treatments, pedestrian counts and the increase of residential and commercial property in the immediate area.

The upgrade will also see the installation of painted zebra crossings on all four free-left turns at the intersection.

DTMR records show only one traffic crash involving a pedestrian at the intersection in the five years from January 2011 to September 2016.  

The current project is expected to finish in June with work underway from Sunday to Thursday between 6pm and 6am,.  

There will be lane closures, speed restrictions and traffic control during working hours.  

The spokesperson urged motorists to drive carefully through the roadworks, be aware of changed traffic conditions and follow traffic controller directions.  

For the latest road conditions visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au or phone 13 19 40.

UPDATE 1.15PM: A QUEENSLAND Police spokeswoman has confirmed investigations into this morning's shocking crash involving a truck and cyclist are ongoing. 

The spokeswoman said police were called to the scene about 8.20am and that initial investigations indicate the truck driver had not been at fault. 

"It appears the teenage boy was crossing the intersection of Yaamba Rd and Richardson Rd and may not have given way," the spokeswoman said. 

She said the boy would require surgery for a fractured leg. 

UPDATE 9.15AM: QUEENSLAND Ambulance Services have confirmed a teenage boy is being transported to hospital following this morning's bicycle and truck accident in north Rockhampton. 

A teenage boy is en route to Rockhampton Base Hospital in a stable condition suffering a leg injury. 

It is understood while emergency services remain at the scene of the crash, the truck has now been moved from the scene and the road has been reopened. 

UPDATE 9AM: REPORTS from the scene indicate QAS paramedics are still treating the child hit by a truck outside the crematorium. 

The Morning Bulletin understands the child was riding a bike when struck by the vehicle and has suffered lower leg injuries. 

A witness at the scene said a blue bike was leaning up against the side of a vehicle at the scene. 

Police have closed the intersection and motorists are urged to seek an alternate route. 

More to come. 

UPDATE 8.45AM: A WITNESS working at a business near the crash said the intersection was heavily backed up with traffic. 

"I didn't see the crash but there is a truck stopped on Yaamba Rd, it looks like it was turning left onto Feez St heading south from Bunnings," the witness said. 

"There is a person on the ground and there are ambulances, fire trucks and police. 

"The police have shut the intersection down and traffic is backed up." 

More to come. 

UPDATE 8.40AM: POLICE are closing sections of Richardson Rd and Yaamba Rd as they respond to reports a child was hit by a truck at the intersection.

It is unclear at this stage how serious the injuries are or the age of the child.

BREAKING 8.30am: EMERGENCY services are responding to the BP service station on Yaamba Rd following reports a child has been hit by a truck.

Initial reports suggest a child has been struck at the service station at the intersection of Yaamba Rd and Richardson Rd.

Queensland Ambulance reports suggest the child is conscious however has suffered lower leg injuries.

Motorists in the area are urged to give way to emergency services vehicles and avoid the scene.

More to come.

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