Inquest into crashes to continue

THE coronial inquest into what caused the deaths of six people in three separate vehicle crashes on the Bruce Highway south of Gympie, all within a 12-month period, is set to continue next month.

The directions hearing yesterday in Gympie Coroners Court saw a phone link up between Coroner Maxine Baldwin, counsel assisting, Andrew Wallace, counsel for the Department of Main Roads and Transport, Kay Philipson and mother of crash victim Rachel Purdy, Marion Purdy.

Mrs Baldwin has promised “a full and open inquiry” into the deaths, all of which occurred along a 14.5km stretch of the highway.

Mrs Baldwin said the inquest was to determine what caused the deaths and not “just accept reports that may have been done.”

Gympie Times


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