Aussie bull rider, 25, dies in New Year's Eve tragedy

A young man has died from his injuries in hospital after falling from a bull at a rodeo event in southern Queensland in a devastating New Year's Eve tragedy.

The 25-year-old NSW man was thrown from the animal and then struck by it about 8pm at the NYE Rodeo at Warwick Showgrounds.

"He was riding the bull, came off and the bull landed on him," witness Melanie Jai wrote in a Facebook post.

Paramedics treated him at the scene, with revellers told the family fireworks would be delayed due to "a serious arena incident".

Another attendee posted a video showing the aftermath of the incident, as two ambulances attended the scene. Many in the crowd could be seen watching on with concern as the inured rider was loaded into an ambulance behind a white barrier.

The bull rider later succumbed to his injuries in hospital, police said. Source: Facebook
The bull rider later succumbed to his injuries in hospital, police said. Source: Facebook

"If it wasn’t for the bull rider being seriously injured the first ambulance that got bogged would be comical," they wrote.

Some reacted angrily to organisers assuring attendees the early fireworks would still go ahead as people enquired about the delay.

"The fact that people are more concerned about the time the fireworks were going to start then (sic) someone’s life is actually disgusting," one person commented on the organiser's Facebook post.

The rider was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after suffering "serious chest injuries", Queensland Ambulance Service said. Police said the man later died of his injuries.

As new trickled through that the young rider didn't make it, many offered their condolences online.

"RIP condolences to family, friends and Rodeo community," one local wrote.

"Devastated for his family. Rest in peace young man," another said.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

with AAP

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