Boy, 2, killed in Christmas Day quad bike accident in state’s north

A two-year-old boy has died on Christmas Day after being thrown from a quad bike in the state's north.

A police spokeswoman said the child was a passenger on an all-terrain vehicle when he was thrown from it on Moss Road, Barnawartha North, about 11.50am.

They said the boy was trapped underneath the ATV before witnesses freed him and performed CPR.

He could not be saved and died at the scene.

The vehicle was being driven on a private property on Moss Road when the crash occurred, the spokeswoman said.

Major collision investigation unit detectives are investigating the death and will attend the property as part of their investigation.

"The driver of the ATV is assisting police with their enquiries and the exact cause of the crash is yet to be determined," the spokeswoman said.

Three people died and three were flown to hospital following three separate collisions on Christmas Eve.

At Mount Richmond, west of Portland, a 16-year-old female driver and her 43-year-old female passenger were killed after a crash on Portland-Nelson Road, about 10.25am Thursday.

A 15-year-old in the back seat was airlifted to hospital alongside the driver of a second vehicle, a 50-year-old man. Both remained in stable conditions in hospital on Friday morning.

Hours later three vehicles collided at Flynn in the state's east, killing one male driver. A woman from a second car was in a critical but stable condition on Friday morning.

In another incident, a young boy was flown to the Royal Children's Hospital after an accident in Wye River, south of Lorne.

Police said the boy was hit by a car at a caravan park on the Great Ocean Road shortly after 3pm.

The deaths come just days after the force's road policing boss warned that police were bracing for a surge in car numbers on the state’s roads this festive season as overseas travel remains all but ruled out because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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