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Police in plea to stop carnage after fatal traffic crash

TRAGEDY: Police investigate the wreckage of a Hyundai i2O that smashed into a Toyota Landcruiser on the Bruce Hwy on Sunday. The 83-year-old driver, a Gympie man, died instantly in the crash. TOP: The driver of the 4WD is taken to hospital.PHOTOS: CRAIG WARHURST/DAVID CROSSLEY
TRAGEDY: Police investigate the wreckage of a Hyundai i2O that smashed into a Toyota Landcruiser on the Bruce Hwy on Sunday. The 83-year-old driver, a Gympie man, died instantly in the crash. TOP: The driver of the 4WD is taken to hospital.PHOTOS: CRAIG WARHURST/DAVID CROSSLEY

A HORRIFIC head-on smash that killed an 83-year-old Gympie man, combined with two other serious accidents yesterday have police desperately calling for calm on the region's roads.

One fatality could easily have turned to three yesterday after a semi-trailer left the Tin Can Bay Rd and ploughed through bushland about 7am.

Just hours later a caravan being towed north on the busy Bruce Hwy near Kybong flipped missing oncoming traffic.

Police say it was just luck there were no major injuries.

An elderly Gympie man wasn't so lucky at 11.30am Sunday.

The small Hyundai i20 he was driving crossed in front of a Toyota Landcruiser towing a trailer on the Bruce Hwy at Six Mile.

He died on impact.

Sergeant Steve Webb, officer in charge of the Wide Bay Forensic Crash Unit, said the driver didn't have a chance.

The force of the collision pushed the passenger side wheel of the 4WD under the passenger seat, ripped the front panelling of the i20 and catapulted it down a four meter embankment.

The driver of the 4WD was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Sgt Webb said the northbound Hyundai had been driving erratically.

"Information we received he may have been seen as far south as Yandina wandering over the road," Sgt Webb said.

"Police weren't alerted to this fact and as he approached this scene he crossed to the wrong side of the road and collided with a Toyota Landcruiser."

"He was killed instantly."

Sgt Webb reminded Gympie drivers about the Fatal Five.

"Don't drive while tired, don't drive on drugs or alcohol, wear your seatbelt, don't speed and drive with proper care and attention.

"If you should see a vehicle acting in a strange manner by all means contact the police so they can be intercepted."

Police were finalising a report for the coroner yesterday.

Gympie Times

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