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Kuluin man, 33, killed in horrific crash in Gympie

HUGE IMPACT: A tow truck driver operator gets ready to tow the Falcon ute from the crash site Sunday morning.
HUGE IMPACT: A tow truck driver operator gets ready to tow the Falcon ute from the crash site Sunday morning. Contributed

GYMPIE police are still investigating a horrific crash that killed a 33-year-old man in Gympie early Sunday morning.

The driver, a Kuluin man, was heading north along the Bruce Hwy in a Ford Falcon XR6 ute when it ploughed into the back of a stationary truck and trailer, parked off the road, just south of Nicks Readymix.

Gympie Fire and Rescue station officer Cam Nichol said his team was called to the scene just after 1am.

When they arrived they found the driver dead at the scene and his car wedged under the back of the bulk cement dust carrier.

The force of impact was so severe it snapped the rear axle bolts off the trailer and pushed the engine of the ute into the cabin.

Mr Nichol said it took Gympie Fire and Rescue officers more than an hour to cut the body from the car.

Fatigue was thought to have been a contributing factor in the accident.

Gympie Patrol Group Acting Inspector Dan Willett said early investigations indicated the driver did not appear to have braked.

He asked motorists to "think of the consequences of their actions when driving vehicles".

"We ask people to pay attention to everything, including the Fatal Five and to avoid drink-driving, fasten seat belts, pay attention to speed and fatigue and avoid distraction and inattention," he said.

"We've had a few fatalities in our area and this is another one we didn't need to have.

"Drivers need to drive to the conditions of the road and be constantly mindful of their actions."

The death is the seventh road fatality in the Gympie region this year.

It follows a spate of fatalities in June and July when there were a total of six deaths in six weeks.

The Forensic Crash unit was still investigating the accident.

Gympie Times

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