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Melbourne neighbours describe scene as toddler run over

A toddler has been run over by her mother's car as she reversed down the street
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  • A toddler has been run over by her mother's car as she reversed down the street
  • The girl is in hospital with serious injuries after being hit at Avondale Heights
  • The accident happened just before 8pm on Wednesday; police are investigating
  • Neighbours have revealed the mother's hysterical screams after the incident

By Daniel Piotrowski In Melbourne For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 23:38 EST, 20 December 2017 | Updated: 23:47 EST, 20 December 2017

Distraught neighbours who ran to the aid of a toddler run over in a driveway have recounted the horrific moment the little girl's father picked up her bleeding body and begged them for help.

The one-year-old girl was behind the family's sedan at an Avondale Heights house in Melbourne's north-west on Wednesday night when her mother accidentally reversed and struck the child.

While the little girl was undergoing treatment at a Melbourne hospital where she remained in a serious condition on Thursday, next door neighbour Tony recalled the horror in the street the previous night.

The deserted home at Avondale Heights where a toddler was run over on Wednesday night

The deserted home at Avondale Heights where a toddler was run over on Wednesday night

Paramedics treated the girl outside the Avondale Heights home before rushing her to hospitalParamedics treated the girl outside the Avondale Heights home before rushing her to hospital

Paramedics treated the girl outside the Avondale Heights home before rushing her to hospital

Neighbour Tony was watching a show on TV when he heard terrible screaming from next doorNeighbour Tony was watching a show on TV when he heard terrible screaming from next door

Neighbour Tony was watching a show on TV when he heard terrible screaming from next door

Tony was watching one of his favourite Italian singing shows on TV when he heard the screaming about 8pm. 'I heard it – somebody went nuts, crazy,' the grandfather said.

'I saw the husband with the baby in his hands because he didn't know what to do… he was running around.'

The mother was screaming and jumping around. 'She was in a bad way,' said Tony's wife Maria. 'She was beating herself up something bad.'

As the devastated mother wailed 'I ran her over!' her frantic husband picked up the girl, who was bleeding from the head, and desperately sought help from neighbours.

A third neighbour opened their front door to find blood dripped over her porch.

'All of a sudden I heard "boom, boom",' she recalled.

One of the girl's panicked parents had come to the house and was pounding on the door.

The deserted house at Avondale Heights where a toddler was run over on Wednesday nightThe deserted house at Avondale Heights where a toddler was run over on Wednesday night

The deserted house at Avondale Heights where a toddler was run over on Wednesday night

The injured one-year-old girl was rushed to hospital in a serious condition on Wednesday night The injured one-year-old girl was rushed to hospital in a serious condition on Wednesday night 

The injured one-year-old girl was rushed to hospital in a serious condition on Wednesday night

The Avondale Heights toddler used to pick flowers from elderly neighbour Tony's front yardThe Avondale Heights toddler used to pick flowers from elderly neighbour Tony's front yard

The Avondale Heights toddler used to pick flowers from elderly neighbour Tony's front yard

She saw the father carrying the child in his arms.

'I had blood on my front porch everywhere,' she said. 'I thought someone had been shot.'

The father put the child on the ground while neighbours, including a doctor and a nurse, rushed to help.

The couple, described by Tony as 'nice people', are understood to be Iranian migrants who have not lived at their tidy two-bedroom home for long.

Police and paramedics rushed to the scene.

Tony and Maria brought the toddler's older sister inside and gave her coloured markers to draw with.

'I was trying to keep the little girl occupied,' Maria said. 'Everyone was screaming – it was horrible for her.

A box of coloured markers the toddler's older sister played with after the horrific accidentA box of coloured markers the toddler's older sister played with after the horrific accident

A box of coloured markers the toddler's older sister played with after the horrific accident

Neighbours rushed to the toddler's aid before paramedics arrived at the house about 8pm Neighbours rushed to the toddler's aid before paramedics arrived at the house about 8pm 

Neighbours rushed to the toddler's aid before paramedics arrived at the house about 8pm

Two prams in the front yard of the house at Avondale Heights where a toddler was run overTwo prams in the front yard of the house at Avondale Heights where a toddler was run over

Two prams in the front yard of the house at Avondale Heights where a toddler was run over

'I was saying "let's draw, let's do this".'

When it was time to leave, the girl wouldn't let go of Maria's hand.

The couple often encountered the injured girl.

Tony recalled: 'She used to like to come here, she'd like to pick flowers.'

'Sometimes the mother would close the gate and I'd say "don't worry about it, leave her".'

On Thursday afternoon, a Royal Children's Hospital spokeswoman said the child remained in a serious condition.

The girl is in hospital with serious injuries after being hit at Avondale Heights just before 8pm on WednesdayThe girl is in hospital with serious injuries after being hit at Avondale Heights just before 8pm on Wednesday

The girl is in hospital with serious injuries after being hit at Avondale Heights just before 8pm on Wednesday

The family's home was deserted, the windows left open and two prams sat in the front yard.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said an investigation into the incident was 'ongoing'.

Meantime, locals are hoping for the best.

'I had a dream about the little thing last night – I just hope she's going to be OK, poor thing,' one neighbour said.

'It's just tragic, it's horrible. You don't see them (little kids) in those big cars.'

On Wednesday, neighbours revealed hearing the mother hysterically screaming 'What have I done? She's so young,' as she lay on the ground next to the girl.

Elderly neighbour Tony describes the scene after a toddler was run over on Wednesday nightElderly neighbour Tony describes the scene after a toddler was run over on Wednesday night

Elderly neighbour Tony describes the scene after a toddler was run over on Wednesday night

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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