Caleb in fight for his life

Caleb Woodland, 14, of Sarina.
Caleb Woodland, 14, of Sarina. Contributed

CALEB Woodland is a 14-year-old Sarina boy who loves footy, is well liked and has a genuine personality.

His teachers and mates at Mercy College, where he is in year eight, care deeply for him and yesterday spoke fondly for the boy who is fighting for his life in Townsville Hospital after a horrific collision with a truck in Sarina Wednesday morning.

Caleb remains in a critical condition with serious injuries to his head, chest and abdomen.

“We’re hoping for the best for him because he has a lot going for him,” Mercy College principal Jim Ford said.

Well known by staff, Caleb has been described as a lovely lad who was popular with his class mates and teachers.

“He’s a genuine, very popular boy here at the school,” Mr Ford said.

“Happy all the time.

“He’s the sort of student who has a very bright future.”

Sporty and outgoing, Caleb found a place on Mercy College’s football team and has taken to life at the college well in the eight months he’d been there.

“Things were going very well for him and we just hope we can get back to that,” Mr Ford said.

Mr Ford said that year eight is considered a “settling in year” and Caleb was certainly doing that well.

“He would go from class to class, happy all the time... seems to be enjoying school and his mates,” he said.

Caleb also has the capacity to achieve well in class.

“He was capable enough of securing decent grades."

Mr Ford said the faculty kept the concerned school community up to date on Caleb’s condition with regular text message.

Friends also continue to offer their support to Caleb on Facebook.

“There is real concern out there because he was a popular lad and settled in well to the school,” he said.

The 14-year-old Sarina boy was seriously injured when the bike he was riding down Webster Rd collided with a truck travelling on west on Range Rd.

“We hope to see him back soon but it’s too early to say in regard to the consequences of that particular accident,” Mr Ford said.

The accident occurred around 6.50am in Sarina; police said he’d been riding to a school bus stop.

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