Queensland: Award-winning apprentice and mechanic killed while repairing a broken down bus

The second young man to die in a horrific accident has been identified as an award-winning mechanic.

Lleyton Bartlett, 22, and his colleague Aaron Pitt, 25, were sent by bus service company CDC Queensland to fix a TransLink bus on the Nambour Connection Road in Woombye, Sunshine Coast, at about 3.30pm on Thursday.

They were tragically struck by a passing sedan as they worked on the vehicle.  

Paramedics rushed the pair to Sunshine Coast University Hospital in critical conditions but they couldn’t be saved.

Aaron Pitt, a 25-year-old award-winning apprentice, has been confirmed as the second victim of a horror smash on the Sunshine Coast

Pictured: Lleyton Bartlett with his girlfriend Paige. Mr Bartlett tragically died on Thursday

Pictured: Lleyton Bartlett with his girlfriend Paige. Mr Bartlett tragically died on Thursday

Mr Pitt had only joined CDC Queensland last year, and was named its Apprentice of the Year last week.

‘Aaron joined the team in January 2021 as a matured-aged apprentice and is described as an ‘absolute gentleman until he strips a bolt’,’ the company wrote in a Facebook post.

Friends remembered the 25-year-old on social media, with one writing: ‘Taken way to soon. RIP brother.’

CDC’s regional Australia CEO said the entire company were ‘deeply saddened’ by the loss of both young men.

Paramedics tried to save the two young mechanics, but they tragically died with life-threatening injuries

Paramedics tried to save the two young mechanics, but they tragically died with life-threatening injuries

‘These young employees were highly regarded members of the CDC team,’ Tony Hopkins said in a statement.

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with their families at this terrible time.’

The Office of Industrial Relations confirmed in a statement they were looking into the circumstances surrounding the fatal smash. 

‘We can confirm that Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating along with Queensland Police Service so no further comment is possible at this stage,’ a spokeswoman said.  

Mr Bartlett’s shattered mother Lisa shared a tribute to her son on Friday.

‘Rest in peace my son,’ she said on social media. ‘Until we meet again. We will hold you in our hearts until we can hold you in heaven. 

‘With all our love Mum, Dad & Jai Bartlett.’

Pictured: Lleyton Bartlett, who was killed in a car accident with a friend on Thursday afternoon

Pictured: Lleyton Bartlett, who was killed in a car accident with a friend on Thursday afternoon

Family and friends  also sent their condolences.

‘I’m am so incredibly sorry, I can’t even begin to imagine what you must be going through right now. Devastated for you all & holding you in my thoughts x,’ one friend wrote.

Another said: ‘We woke up this morning to this news … absolutely shocked!’

‘Words cannot express this news. With oceans and oceans of love and support at this sad time. What a beautiful young man.’

His girlfriend Paige also wrote a tribute on social media.

‘You my love. I love you. Rest east. I’ll see you soon xoxo chook,’ she wrote. 

Mr Bartlett (pictured with his girlfriend Paige) has been remembered as a talented hockey player

Mr Bartlett (pictured with his girlfriend Paige) has been remembered as a talented hockey player

Mr Bartlett was a talented hockey player who was a Maroochydore junior, senior, and Sunshine Coast rep player up to only two years ago.

A spokesman at TransLink said the company was saddened by the incident.

‘This is tragic news and we send our condolences to the families and staff involved,’ he said.

‘The accident is being investigated by police and TransLink will assist police with their investigation in any way we can.’

Shane Kropp from Queensland Ambulance Service told Seven News the scene of the accident was ‘chaotic’ and the men had ‘life-threatening injuries’.

‘The patients’ condition was they had what we call multi-system trauma,’ he said. 

‘Advanced care and critical care paramedics were on board and treated them accordingly.’ 

Two northwest-bound lanes were closed immediately following the accident. They were reopened at 6.30pm on Thursday evening. 

The 43-year-old woman who was driving the car is assisting police with inquiries.  

She was not injured in the crash.

‘The Forensic Crash Unit and Workplace Health and Safety are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident,’ Queensland Police said in a statement. 

Anyone who has information or dashcam footage is urged to contact police.