A 56-year-old woman has died on Tasmania’s north-west coast in the state’s second fatal all-terrain vehicle (ATV) crash in a less than a week.

Tasmanian police said the woman was riding a quad bike on uneven ground at a farm on Main Road, Stanley, on Saturday afternoon when the vehicle rolled and she was trapped underneath.

Locals spotted the overturned quad bike just before 5:00pm and contacted emergency services.

Police said the locals tried to resuscitate the woman, but she died before paramedics arrived.

WorkSafe Tasmania and Western Crash Investigation Services are investigating the woman’s death and will prepare a report for the coroner.

Death follows side-by-side fatal

The fatal crash happened four days after an 82-year-old man died in an ATV rollover near Swansea on Tasmania’s east coast.

The man was herding sheep on a rural property at Swanston on Tuesday when he was thrown from the vehicle and it rolled on top of him.

The man had been driving a Polaris Ranger 400 4×4 which has a steering wheel, and so technically is described as an ATV, but not a quad bike with a steering bar.

Police and paramedics went to the scene but were unable to save the man.

A report is being prepared for the coroner.

According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, about 60 per cent of quad bike deaths are caused by the rollovers, and in about half of those crashes the rider is pinned under the bike and dies from a lack of oxygen.

Last month the Federal Government announced a new safety standard for quad bikes, which requires that within 12 months all new quad bikes need warning labels about the degree of slope at which they will start to overturn.

Within 24 months, all new general use quad bikes sold in Australia must have a rollover bar or operator protection device, and meet minimum standards for stability on slopes.



By Laura Beavis

November 24, 2019