PO­LICE LOOK INTO CAR FIRE

Two-ve­hi­cle crash and car on fire

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Michael Doyle Tara Miko

EMER­GENCY ser­vices faced an­other big week­end on the re­gion’s roads af­ter a crash on Satur­day night re­sulted in se­ri­ous in­juries and a stolen car was dumped and set alight.

The lat­est in­ci­dents prompted po­lice to urge drivers to take care, es­pe­cially as we head into the school hol­i­day pe­riod.

Two cars col­lided on the War­rego Hwy on Satur­day night, re­sult­ing in one man be­ing taken to hos­pi­tal in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called out to the ac­ci­dent, roughly 10km west of Dalby, af­ter re­ports of a two-ve­hi­cle crash.

Po­lice said a Mit­subishi Lancer was parked on the side of the road, be­fore the driver at­tempted to do a U-turn to head back to­wards Dalby.

A Toy­ota Hilux com­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion col­lided with the front of the car, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The driver of the Lancer was a 29-year-old Sun­ny­bank man who po­lice said hit his head against the wind­screen of his car dur­ing the ac­ci­dent.

This re­sulted in the man be­ing taken to hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous head in­juries.

There were also mi­nor in­juries sus­tained by the mem­bers of the other ve­hi­cle in the crash, in­clud­ing a five-year-old girl and a baby.

The Sun­ny­bank man is still re­ceiv­ing treat­ment in hos­pi­tal and po­lice are con­tin­u­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ac­ci­dent.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent on Satur­day morn­ing, po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter a stolen car was found burnt out on a ru­ral road af­ter evad­ing of­fi­cers just hours ear­lier.

Po­lice in an un­marked car spot­ted a white Toy­ota Hilux speed­ing on the War­rego Hwy near Ma­cal­is­ter about 4pm Fri­day.

Of­fi­cers turned around and fol­lowed the car, which reached speeds up to 145kmh in a 100kmh zone.

De­spite po­lice ac­ti­vat­ing their lights and sirens, the driver failed to stop and fled the area be­fore of­fi­cers ter­mi­nated the at­tempted in­ter­cept about 2km west of Ma­cal­is­ter.

The same car was re­ported burnt out to po­lice about mid­night Satur­day, with a wit­ness telling au­thor­i­ties an un­known man was seen stand­ing at the front of the car be­fore it caught alight.

The car was de­stroyed in the blaze on Brae­mer Warra Rd, about 10km east of Ko­gan.

Of­fi­cers from the un­marked po­lice car re­ported the driver of the sus­pected stolen ute to be Cau­casian in ap­pear­ance, with a stub­ble beard.

The car fire is be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious and any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the crime is urged to con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

PHOTO: QPS

IN­VES­TI­GAT­ING: The fire that burnt out a car on Dalby Ko­gan Rd is be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

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