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Fears for two after car found submerged in flooded creek

 POLICE hold fears for two men missing in floodwaters near Gatton after a car was found fully submerged on Tuesday afternoon.

The car was found in flooded Sandy Creek off Woodlands Road at Glen Cairn.

Police believe the vehicle, a white 1997 Mitsubishi Magna sedan, was being driven by 25-year-old man travelling from Gatton to Mulgowie for work around 5am on Sunday.

They are also searching for a 34-year-old man who was travelling from Gatton to Mulgowie for work at the same time but failed to arrive and has not made contact with colleagues since.

He was travelling in a silver 1993 Toyota Camry with registration number 425RWU which has not been located.

It is not known if the men were known to each other or were travelling in convoy.

Late Tuesday afternoon the Mitsubishi Magna was extracted from Sandy Creek.

Police and SES crews commenced a search and rescue operation in the area.

Anyone with information which could assist in police is urged to contact Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers.

The drama comes as new details emerge surrounding the tragic death of a three-year-old boy who was struck by a falling tree, along with his mother in the Brisbane suburb of Gordon Park.

News Ltd reports the family, including dad and the boy's one year-old brother, was just 200m from home, on a walk after wild weather caused havoc, when the freak event unfolded.

Dr Zara Weedon was critically injured, while her precious little boy Angus died in hospital, after he was struck by a towering gum tree on a bike path near the receding Kedron Brook.

The water-logged ground suddenly gave way sending the tree crashing down on the bike path.

Firefighters used an inflatable rescue device to first free Angus and then his mum from beneath the tree.

In the north of the state, a  boat skipper has been missing in waters off Rockhampton since Thursday.

In Bundaberg,  Fairfax reports  teams trained to find earthquake victims are waiting to sweep flood-bound homes amid fears elderly or disabled people could be trapped.

Uurban search-and-rescue teams will be deployed to the flood-hit sugar city, where 2000 homes and 200 businesses have been inundated, leaving 7500 residents displaced.

The ABC is also reporting that more Army personnel are on standby in Brisbane to help with search and recovery operations once the waters start to recede in Bundaberg.

Topics:  flooding gatton lockyer valley oswald queensland


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