Crash tree comes second

IN AN unusual variation from the norm, the tree came off second best in a single-vehicle crash near Gympie on Monday.

Gympie police yesterday reported no one was seriously hurt in the crash, which occurred on the Wide Bay Hwy, near the Woolooga turn-off, about 2pm.

The driver and passenger suffered what police described as minor injuries when their vehicle collided with a tree.

The tree, however suffered "significant damage", so serious that Gympie Regional Council workers had to be called in to fell it, rather than risk having it fall across the highway.

"This represented a significant danger to other road users," a police spokesman explained.

Meanwhile, as the holiday season continues, police say they are impressed with the general standard of driver behaviour.

But Gympie Traffic Branch chief Sergeant Peter Webster said police remained concerned about a small minority of irresponsible drivers "who continue to disregard the message we've been trying to get through for years".

"In particular, we've had some very large drink-drive readings," he said.

Sgt Webster said it was disappointing a minority of drivers were showing blood alcohol concentration readings of 0.2% or more.

"These people are coming at you on the highway at 100kmh, and only 2m away," he said.

Fatigue and inattention also continue to be hidden killers on the roads.

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