Emergency workers talk to witnesses and assess a fatal accident along Tin Can Bay Road.
Emergency workers talk to witnesses and assess a fatal accident along Tin Can Bay Road. Craig Warhurst

Woman dies in crash

TIN Can Bay road became the scene of a tragic crash when a young mother died after taking the full impact as her car rolled off the road about 3.15pm yesterday.

The woman, believed to be aged 35 and Cooloola coast resident, died after her Daewoo Nubira left the road and hit a culvert.

Her two children also in the vehicle survived.

The front driver’s side of the vehicle was crushed upon impact. Witnesses pulled the woman’s children from the wreck, before fire fighters arrived, and an Army convoy heading west pulled over near the crash.

Gympie Fire and Rescue Station Officer Ash Dickson said Army officers had tried to help the woman but they were “too late” to save her.

The vehicle travelled about 30m along the left side of Tin Can Bay Road about 200m east of the Goomboorian Matilda Service Station.

A culvert, hidden in grass, near a driveway was the catalyst that caused the vehicle to overturn and land another 20m up the road facing oncoming traffic.

The car was travelling east in a 100kmh zone when it left the road, the cause is unknown.

No skid marks were evident near where the car left the road.

Stn Offr Dickson said witnesses saw the Daihatsu “suddenly swerve sideways” and start rolling.

He said her partner and mother arrived at the scene soon after the crash. The distrught relatives were comforted by emergency services.

Dickson said it was “quite a bad stretch of road” as it had been the scene of a few serious crashes.

Both children were taken to Gympie hospital with relatives as a precaution.

Traffic was blocked until 4.15pm when one lane was opened; both lanes were cleared at 5.30pm.

Gympie police scenes of crime officers are investigating.

Gympie Times


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