News

Peter Tawton found dead after going for pizza

FATALITY: The Hyundai Getz in which Terranora man Peter Tawton died in a single vehicle crash off Widgee Crossing Rd, on Monday.
FATALITY: The Hyundai Getz in which Terranora man Peter Tawton died in a single vehicle crash off Widgee Crossing Rd, on Monday. Patrick Woods

PETER Tawton went out for pizza on Sunday and never came home.

Mr Tawton, 72, was found dead in his car after it crashed off Widgee Crossing Rd early Monday afternoon.

The Tweed Heads man apparently drove to Gympie, 280km from his Terranora home.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reported on its website yesterday that Mr Tawton was last seen alive about 1pm, after picking up a pizza.

A Gympie farmer found his body in his white Hyundai Getz, after he apparently lost control of the vehicle.

It is believed he was driving towards the Mary River, just west of the Nestle factory, when he lost control of his car and ploughed through a fence.

MANGLED: The scene of the excavator roll-over on the corner of the Bruce Hwy and Brisbane Rd.
MANGLED: The scene of the excavator roll-over on the corner of the Bruce Hwy and Brisbane Rd.

Sunshine Coast Crash Investigation Unit Acting Senior Sergeant David Lonergan said the car rolled after crashing through the fence.

The crash was Gympie's fifth road fatality in as many weeks and it became the first of three single vehicle crashes to occur in Gympie in the past three days.

On Monday, about 7.30-8pm, a heavy trailer and its load, a 13-tonne excavator, parted company and rolled, amidst roadworks at the Brisbane Rd-Bruce Hwy intersection.

The vehicle was turning from the northbound side of the highway.

Tow truck operators used a heavy tow vehicle to right the trailer and reload the badly damaged excavator, before loading both on to a heavy tilt tray for removal from the site.

Then yesterday, about 8.45am, a young woman appeared to have lost control of her white Hyundai Excel sedan as she drove inbound on Eel Creek Rd, not far out from the Gympie Showgrounds.

The woman, 17, was not taken to hospital but was charged with failing to control her vehicle.

RUINED: The damaged excavator before being reloaded on to the trailer and taken away.
RUINED: The damaged excavator before being reloaded on to the trailer and taken away.
Gympie Times

Topics:  crash, fatality, pizza




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

3 easy dinner recipes your kids will love, and so will you

No Caption

THERE is a middle ground! Dinners fit for kids and adults.

How to reduce your child's risk of food allergies

ABOUT 90% of food allergies are caused by just seven foods.

5 good mental health habits for kids (and parents)

CRYING OUT FOR HELP: The demand for counselling support for children and young people is increasing.

FORMING good habits early is critical for your child's mental health.

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Susie O'Neill: Why I stopped smacking my children

Swimming legend Susie O'Neill says she has stopped smacking her kids.

“I (smacked) because that’s what I knew growing up."

Introducing a step-parent into the family

Introducing a step-parent into the family can be stressful for the children, as well as the new parent.

THERE is no easy way to introduce a step parent into the family.

LETTER: Will the money train come your way?

Election day will be July 2.

Letter to the editor on the federal election

Engeman a fan of subscription deal

STAYING CONNECTED: Graham Engeman with his new Samsung tablet that came with his digital subscription for the Gympie Times.

Free Samsung tablet on offer

Our cancer patients have been left behind

Marlene Owen at the SCIC chemo units in Gympie.

THIS is a story about two cancer patients.

Latest deals and offers

living

Living promo

Q150 launch

Q150 launch in gympie.

Telstra

Small business angry at Telstra at no phone line for 14 days.

Is this state’s cheapest house?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

Rockhampton property in a lull, but a change is coming

Rockhampton's housing market in "pre-election mode"