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Gundiah father-of-two killed in fiery crash

Burned earth and car parts at the site of the road tragedy.
Burned earth and car parts at the site of the road tragedy. Craig Warhurst

BLACKENED earth and melted metal was all that remained on Thursday at the site of Gundiah's fiery road fatality.

The father-of-two, Wayne Cameron Duckett, was killed instantly when his car slammed into a tree and burst into flames on Emerys Bridge Rd late on Wednesday afternoon.

The 45-year-old was travelling east along Emerys Bridge Rd toward Gundiah when he lost control of his car as he rounded a left-hand bend and crossed a concrete floodway.

Maryborough forensic crash investigator Senior Constable Glenn Rusten said it appeared Mr Duckett had failed to negotiate a hard left-hand turn, causing the car to flip side ways and hit a gum tree.

He described the car explosion as the worst he had ever seen.

"The impact of the crash has caused the car to erupt into flames, incinerating the driver at the scene," Sen Const Rusten said

"Investigations are continuing into whether alcohol and speed were contributing factors."

It is understood Mr Duckett's father, who lives on the road, made the horror discovery after hearing the crash from his property.

Sen Const Rusten said the crash would have a lasting impact on Mr Duckett's family and urged drivers to take care on country roads, particularly when driving at night.

Gundiah locals were in shock on Thursday when asked about the accident.

They said Mr Duckett was a likable family man who had only just returned to Gundiah from Maryborough.

Gympie Times

Topics:  fatality, gundiah, road fatality, road safety



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