DRIVER CHARGED OVER CRASH WHICH KILLED THREE
THE Italian driver of a car that crashed south of Home Hill, killing three backpackers and injuring another, has been charged with driving without due care and attention.
All five occupants of the car were from Italy and were staying in the Burdekin area working as fruit and vegetable pickers.
The single- vehicle crash occurred on Friday around 2pm on the Bruce Highway, about 4km south of Home Hill.
Townsville Inspector Roger Whyte said the 25year- old driver was interviewed by police on Saturday.
Family members of all the victims had been notified.
“That was done immediately, once we knew they were Italian nationals, through the Italian consulate,” he said.
A banner has been erected on the balcony of Home Hill Backpackers, where it is believed the group were staying, in tribute to “Marco”, “Gloria” and “Giuseppe”.
Initial police investigations found the station wagon left the road and rolled after hitting a concrete barrier.
Three passengers – a 29year- old woman, a 28- yearold man and a 23- year- old man – died at the scene. A fourth passenger, a 26- yearold woman, was injured and she remains in a stable condition at the Townsville Hospital.
Investigations into the crash continue and the driver is due to appear in the Ayr Magistrates Court on August 12.