Qld road toll reaches eight after shocking Easter weekend

THE country's Easter road toll continued to rise yesterday with the total number of fatalities reaching 14.

Seven people died from accidents in Queensland - by far the highest toll.

The total then shifted to eight in the final hours of Sunday night when a rider struck a concrete barrier in far north Queensland.

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A senior road policing command inspector has described it as the worst Easter period in terms of the road toll for years.

A four-year-old boy died in the Logan suburb of Kingston just before 1pm yesterday when struck by a car while riding his scooter.

A 25-year-old man, who lost control of his ute in Mt Isa on Saturday night, died in hospital yesterday. His passenger, a 23-year-old man, died at the scene.

A 32-year-old man was also killed when his ute ran off the road and slammed into a tree near Moura, in central Queensland, early Saturday. A 28-year-old motorcyclist died on Friday afternoon in Brisbane's north-west when his bike hit a pole.

Two people died on New South Wales roads, including an eight-year-old girl who was involved in a car crash in heavy rain on the Central Coast.

On Friday afternoon, a NSW woman died in a head-on crash near Macksville.

As of late yesterday afternoon, two people had died on roads in Western Australia and one each in Victoria and South Australia.

Queensland road policing command's Inspector Ivan Sikorsky said it was difficult to draw conclusions as to why there were more deaths in Queensland than any other state.

But he said it was unfortunate that every fatal accident in Queensland could have been prevented.

He also said it was unfortunate that many people blamed wet weather.

He said police also stressed for people to drive to the conditions.

"People will draw any conclusion they want from it, but every one was avoidable," he said.

"I would advise everyone to take it easy on the roads, and do everything you can to reduce the likelihood of a crash - increase your stopping distance, and turn your lights on in wet conditions.

 

NATIONAL ROAD TOLL

14 fatalities on Australian roads over Easter:

QLD: 8

NSW, WA: 2 each

VIC, SA: 1 each

 



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