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Todd Gillard, Ebonie Gillard: Queensland family’s shocking double tragedy as father killed by tractor

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A family have been struck by an awful double tragedy that has left one of their loved ones dead and another terribly injured.

Todd Gillard, 49, was killed on December 13 when the tractor he was using to mow his property in Wongawallan, in the Gold Coast Hinterland, flipped and crushed him.

The rest of his family ran to his aid but he could not be saved.

His daughter Ebonie, 24, was staying on the property with her fiance Daniel and their one-year-old son Hudson.

“Ebonie was inside looking after the baby (and) all Daniel heard was, he heard screaming from Mel and ‘call an ambulance, call an ambulance’,” Sandie Birch, Daniel’s mother told 7NEWS.

“They [the family] raced up there on the Polaris, which is one of those farming vehicles, and basically witnessed that the tractor had tipped and unfortunately he had already passed, so it was quite distressing.”

But as the emergency services arrived, disaster struck again.

As Ebonie moved another farm vehicle out of the way to allow paramedics through, it flipped too, trapping her beneath it.

She was rushed to the ICU at Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition with broken ribs, a crushed pelvis and a broken tail bone.

The young mum survived and is now off a ventilator, beginning her recovery as she mourns the loss of her father.

“They were very close, she was Daddy’s little girl,” Ms Birch said.

A GoFundMe has been set up for Ebonie’s recovery, raising more than $14,000.

“They’re just a small little family, working, paying bills,” Birch said.

“Her recovery alone is going to be excruciatingly difficult so that’s why I set up the GoFundMe page. At least then, that’s just one less (thing) they have to worry about.

“(Ebonie’s) really strong, so that’s a good thing. She’s showing signs that she’s, you know, she’s working through it well, but she’s just a beautiful soul.”

Police are currently investigating the freak occurrence.

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