THIS memorial stands on the side of Heathcote Road near the embankment that claimed the life of Paul Andrews when the vehicle he was a passenger in left the road.
THIS memorial stands on the side of Heathcote Road near the embankment that claimed the life of Paul Andrews when the vehicle he was a passenger in left the road. Craig Warhurst

Tribute to a fallen friend

A MEMORIAL has been erected on the side of Heathcote Road, dedicated to the memory of Paul Andrews, a feral animal control contractor.

On Saturday just before 2am ,the country dirt road was the scene of a terrible crash that took the life of Mr Andrews.

Nailed to a tree near the crash site is a photo of Mr Andrews, messages from loved ones, fresh flowers, one of his hats and other poignant objects.

“To all the adventures we had together Bro, go in peace my brother in arms,” said a poem pinned to the memorial.

Down a steep embankment, just past the tree memorial, a smashed windscreen lies alongside other car debris.

Broken shrubs and tyre tracks left in the soft earth near the precipice tell the sad tale of events from the night.

About five kilometres south of Schachts Creek Road at Langshaw, after rounding a tight left hand turn, the vehicle heading east carrying the two men crossed onto the wrong side of the road and ended up down a steep embankment.

The vehicle hit a tree and Mr Andrews was thrown clear.

A police spokesperson said a man in his 40s died in the single vehicle crash and preliminary investigations suggested the vehicle drove off the road for an unknown reason, hitting a tree killing the passenger. and

The driver of the vehicle, 42, was taken to Gympie Hospital with minor non-life threatening injuries.

Gympie fire officers were called to an entrapment at the scene.

Saturday's fatal accident marked the third death on Gympie roads in the last week, said Gympie Ambulance Officer in Charge Wayne Sachs.

He said the fatal four, speeding, not wearing seatbelts, fatigue and alcohol was killing people and he appealed for people to be more careful.

“Around Gympie we have the notorious Bruce Highway which is unforgiving, and our narrow winding country roads.

People need to be a bit more careful,” he said.

Mr Sachs is hoping the string of deaths was not an indicator of how many lives would be lost on Gympie roads this year.

The Forensic Crash Unit is now investigating the cause of Saturday’s crash.

Gympie Times


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