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Updated September 08, 2018 16:32:10

A teenage boy has been electrocuted and his teenage cousin is in hospital after hitting power lines while moving farm equipment on the Atherton Tablelands in far north Queensland.

It is understood the boys had been hunting at the time.

Angus Poggioli, 15, died at the scene after the accident on Friday.

His cousin, Daniel Cross, also 15, was taken to Atherton Hospital with burns and later flown to Townsville Hospital.

He was in a stable condition on Saturday afternoon.

The boys are believed to have come into contact with power lines while they were moving irrigation pipes on a farm at Tolga about 6:00pm.

In a statement, Ergon Energy said: “We offer our sincere condolences to the family and our thoughts are with them at this time.

“Ergon Energy will assist police and other agencies with investigations into the incident.”

In a Facebook post, the local Anglican church posted a condolence message about the boys.

“Our church family grieving and in shock following the accidental death of one of our young people, and another dealing with serious injuries,” the church said in the post.

“Prayers and love for their families — three generations of faithful Christians and farmers.”

Officers from Workcover Queensland are at the scene assisting with an investigation.

Police said a report would be prepared for the coroner.

Second serious incident with Queensland power lines

The accident in Tolga came a day after a separate incident involving power lines on the Gold Coast that left two teenage boys with critical injuries.

Rex Warburton and Jake Walton, both 17, are in a critical but stable condition in intensive care at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital with burns to more than 50 per cent of their bodies.

A third 17-year-old was released from the Gold Coast University Hospital this morning.

He suffered burns to his hands when trying to put out his friends’ burning clothes.

He then called triple zero for help.

Police said the teenagers were found under a rail overpass near Jacobs Well-Pimpama Road, just after 8:30pm on Thursday.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the boys were sitting on concrete barriers supporting a rail bridge when the high voltage wires arced and hit them.

Topics: emergency-incidents, rural-youth, youth, agricultural-machinery, atherton-4883, cairns-4870, brisbane-4000, qld

First posted September 08, 2018 12:41:36