HOR­ROR ON THE ROADS

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

TWO SEPARATE crashes on the War­rego High­way on Tues­day re­sulted in the road be­ing closed and a com­mu­nity be­ing shaken to its core.

The first crash, near Oakey, in­volved two cars and a truck, killing 17-year-old Rock­hamp­ton girl Olivia Har­wood.

Olivia was trav­el­ling as a pas­sen­ger when three ve­hi­cles crashed on the War­rego High­way at Oakey, at the in­ter­sec­tion of Brim­ble­combe Rd, about 9.15am on Tues­day. She died at the scene.

Po­lice say pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­di­cate a semi-trailer trav­el­ling east along the high­way col­lided with a util­ity, also trav­el­ling east.

“The force of the col­li­sion pushed the util­ity into the path of on­com­ing traf­fic, where it col­lided with a sedan,” a po­lice me­dia state­ment said.

“The 17-year-old girl, who was trav­el­ling as a pas­sen­ger in the sedan, was pro­nounced de­ceased at the scene.”

Olivia’s par­ents, Al­lan, 48, and Bev­er­ley, 44, were flown to Bris­bane hos­pi­tals to un­dergo med­i­cal treat­ment.

Just a few hours af­ter that crash, an­other one west of Dalby stopped traf­fic for 30 min­utes.

Two ve­hi­cles came to­gether and blocked off the road.

Two peo­ple were trans­ported to Dalby Hos­pi­tal in a sta­ble con­di­tion, with mi­nor in­juries.

A po­lice spokesman at the scene said an ac­ci­den­tal grass fire on the side of the high­way was be­lieved to have caused the crash.

The spokesman said the thick smoke and flames near­ing the road may have con­trib­uted to the in­ci­dent.

Dalby po­lice’s Sergeant Matt Car­mody said he urged driv­ers to take ex­tra cau­tion for the fi­nal days of the school hol­i­days.

“Driv­ers please be aware of chang­ing traf­fic con­di­tions and be aware of the Fa­tal Five,” Sgt Car­mody said.

PHOTO: BEV LACEY

FA­TAL­ITY: One per­son has died af­ter a truck and two cars crashed on the War­rego High­way at the in­ter­sec­tion Brim­ble­combe Rd on Tues­day.

PHOTO: CHRIS­TIAN LOGHEM

Two were taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter an­other crash on the War­rego High­way on Tues­day, this time at Ma­cal­is­ter west of Dalby.

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