WHAT'S ON IN GIN GIN
A 53-YEAR-OLD man died and two others were taken to hospital after a two-car crash on the Bruce Hwy.
Queensland’s first holiday road fatality happened about 12.45pm on Christmas Eve, about 20km north of Gin Gin.
Gin Gin police Sergeant Tim Marrinan confirmed the man was from Highfields, near Toowoomba, and said next of kin had been notified.
“A white car was travelling north and a red car was travelling south,” Sgt Marrinan said.
“One of the vehicles ended up on the wrong side of the road and we had a head-on crash.
“It has resulted in the death of the passenger of the white car.”
Sgt Marrinan said bystanders attempted to perform CPR with no success.
The driver of the white car, a woman believed to be in her 50s and the partner of the deceased, sustained chest injuries and was transported to Bundaberg Hospital by ambulance.
A passenger in the red car, a man in his 60s, was airlifted to Bundaberg Hospital with a shoulder injury and a fractured arm.
The driver of the red car sustained minor injuries.
The NewsMail understands one of the first on the scene was Health Minister Cameron Dick, who was travelling to Rockhampton when he came upon the Gin Gin crash.
Other media reported that Mr Dick made a call for help and was left devastated and heartbroken.
He praised the emergency services for their professional response and urged Queenslanders to drive carefully.
Sgt Marrinan pleaded with drivers to observe the Fatal Five for the remainder of the holidays.
“Christmas Eve is one of our busiest days on the roads,” he said. “So please be careful.”
The Bruce Hwy was closed for several hours and reopened about 5pm.