Po­lice seek wit­nesses

High­way crash claims Stan­thorpe cou­ple

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

PO­LICE have ap­pealed for wit­nesses to a hor­ror car crash that claimed the lives of two Stan­thorpe peo­ple.

The male driver, 72, died at the scene while his fe­male pas­sen­ger, 76, sur­vived the ini­tial crash af­ter be­ing cut free from the wreck­age.

She died hours later in Toowoomba Hos­pi­tal.

They were Stan­thorpe res­i­dents.

Al­lora po­lice Se­nior Con­sta­ble Matt Shield said pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the Foren­sic Crash Unit had in­di­cated speed was a con­tribut­ing fac­tor in the sin­gle-ve­hi­cle rollover on the New Eng­land Hwy at Spring Creek about 8.30am Wed­nes­day.

Snr Const Shield said sev­eral mo­torists were left shaken af­ter wit­ness­ing the ve­hi­cle over­turn sev­eral times.

“They’re es­sen­tially first re­spon­ders in this sort of sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

“We be­lieve there are other wit­nesses so please give Po­licelink a call on 131 444.”

The ve­hi­cle rolled sev­eral times, even­tu­ally com­ing to rest on the side of the ma­jor high­way.

War­wick Pa­trol Group In­spec­tor Brian Can­non said it was a con­fronting scene for all first re­spon­ders and emer­gency ser­vices, and the tragedy would hit home on the Gran­ite Belt.

“All scenes are hor­rific, all fa­tal­i­ties are avoid­able and this is a tragic event that will rip­ple through the fam­ily and will rip­ple through the com­mu­nity,” Insp. Can­non said.

“Our thoughts are cer­tainly with peo­ple who are im­pacted by this – fam­ily, com­mu­nity, friends; the rip­ple ef­fect is just on­go­ing.

“Road safety is para­mount.

“You need to drive to the con­di­tions; you need to drive in a safe way.”

The dou­ble fa­tal­ity is the lat­est in a tragic se­ries of road car­nage in the

South­ern Downs this month.

Insp Can­non urged driv­ers to slow down and to be care­ful on the roads.

“I im­plore ev­ery­one who drives on our roads to travel in a safe, sen­si­ble man­ner that en­sures we all get to where we’re go­ing alive,” he said.

Foren­sic Crash Unit in­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing.

❝ You need to drive to the con­di­tions ... in a safe way

— In­spec­tor Brian Can­non

PHOTO: JONNO COLFS

A Stan­thorpe cou­ple was killed af­ter a hor­ror smash on the New Eng­land Hwy.

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