Three die on Central Qld roads

The light truck that was involved in the accident.
The light truck that was involved in the accident.

IT’S been a horror weekend on Central Queensland roads with accidents claiming the lives of two men, an eight-year-old boy and critically injuring six people.

The tragedies occurred in three separate accidents – one on Emu Park Road on Saturday morning, another on the Bruce Highway near Mt Larcom yesterday morning and a third on the Capricorn Highway near Dingo.

Police yesterday said two of the accidents were “preventable” and involved fatigue and driver error.

At 1am on Saturday an Emu Park resident woke to the sound of a large smash and immediately raced to the scene of a single-vehicle accident on the intersection of Emu Park Road and Lyndhurst Avenue.

The 47-year-old driver, the sole occupant of the truck, was killed instantly.

Police said the truck left the road and struck a number of trees and an embankment.

Acting CQ Regional Traffic Co-ordinator Inspector Ralph Faria said this accident happened on a “good piece of straight road” and initial investigations indicate driver fatigue was a contributing factor.

The man was a resident of Emu Park and was heading home when the crash occurred.

Yesterday, the Bruce Highway was closed for more than six hours as emergency services worked at the scene of a two-vehicle accident 23km south of Mt Larcom.

A light truck containing three adults from Capalaba collided head on with a four-wheel-drive containing a family of four – two adults and two children – at 4am.

The man, 31, and his eight-year-old son travelling in the 4WD were killed instantly.

The other child in his vehicle, a four-year-old girl, was been flown to a Brisbane hospital and was in a critical condition last night; while the woman, 26, was in a serious condition at Gladstone Hospital.

The family is not believed to be from Central Queensland.

Inspector Faria said preliminary investigations revealed the children might not have been properly restrained at the time of the crash.

The driver of the truck, a 48-year-old man, has critical injuries and was taken to Gladstone Hospital and later flown to Brisbane were he remained in the intensive care unit last night.

His two passengers, a 51-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man, were not injured.

Inspector Faria yesterday said police were shocked and disappointed that the message to be aware of the fatal four causes of accidents was not getting through to the community.

He said both accidents were preventable as they involved fatigue and driver error.

“Also we ask all drivers to ensure children have suitable restraints in order to give them a better chance at survival in case the worst happens.”

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating both accidents and all cars have been seized for mechanical inspections.

Meanwhile, the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service transported three people to Rockhampton Hospital in a critical condition at 7am on Saturday.

A car, carrying six people, towing a horse float, lost control on the Capricorn Highway, near the intersection of Walton Road, 20km west of Dingo.

The three most critically injured people were flown to Rockhampton and the other three people were transported to hospital by ambulance on road.

Yesterday a man and four children were discharged from hospital, but a woman remains in a stable condition.

The horse inside the float had to be put down on scene by a vet.

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