Intersection worse every day

A GYMPIE Police Forensic Crash Unit Investigator said Brad Garard, 19, made one small driving error at an unforgiving intersection.

“His fatal error was to assume the blind spot was free of any traffic,” he said, adding that it was at no fault of the truck driver.

“Indications were the truck was doing below the speed limit. It appears north-bound traffic was obscured by a vehicle entering the Matilda complex, which created a blind spot for the young driver. It is a difficult intersection due to the entry of traffic into the complex. Every day it gets worse due to greater traffic.”

A police spokesperson said drivers needed to be “extra careful” when exiting the Matilda complex.

“For anyone to come out of Matilda, there are six different streams of traffic to keep an eye on. That is very difficult for any driver. It also forces drivers to attempt to get through smaller gaps in the traffic.”

Yesterday afternoon the coroner’s office called Mr and Mrs Carlson to tell them that Brad died of head trauma and to assure them he did not suffer. His funeral will be held on Friday.

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