Young Queensland mechanics killed during kind roadside act

·News Reporter
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A selfless roadside act cost two men their lives after they were hit by a car while repairing a broken down bus on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

The scene was reportedly described as "chaotic" by paramedics who attended the accident on the side of Nambour Connection Road at Woombye on Thursday.

Both men suffered critical injuries and were rushed to Sunshine Coast University Hospital, where they later died, Queensland Police said.

Queensland man Lleyton Bartlett, 22,  posing in a hat and wearing sporting uniform
Lleyton Bartlett, 22, is one of the victims who died at a Queensland hospital in the crash. Source: Facebook

The mechanics, aged 22 and 25, were working for a CDC South East Queensland bus company at the time of the crash, ABC reported. Police confirmed no one was on board the bus at the time.

The 43-year-old woman who was driving the vehicle was not harmed and is assisting police with their enquiries.

One of the victims identified as tributes flow online

One of the victims has been identified as Lleyton Bartlett, 22 from Baringa, a southern suburb on the Sunshine Coast.

Friends and family are remembering Mr Bartlett for his "larger than life" persona and "contagious" smile.

Mr Bartlett's mother Lisa posted a heartbreaking message on Facebook on Friday morning.

"Rest in peace my son," she wrote.

Ms Bartlett said her son loved to play sports, including motocross and hockey, and "loved camping with his mates."

Broken down bus and police cars block of Queensland road after accident
The young men were repairing a broken-down bus when they were hit by a car. Source: ABC News/Jessica Ross

The Maroochydore Hockey Club, where Mr Bartlett played, also shared a heartfelt message on Facebook.

"On behalf of the Maroochydore Hockey Club, our sincerest condolences go to the Bartlett family and friends after the passing of Lleyton in that tragic accident at Woombye," Michael Asmussen wrote.

Queensland Police confirmed the Forensic Crash Unit and Workplace Health and Safety are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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