Deadly blackspot claims an­other vic­tim as teen fights for life in hos­pi­tal

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - AN­DREW BACKHOUSE an­drew. back­house1@ news. com. au

A MAN has been killed and a teenage boy is fight­ing for his life af­ter a sin­gle- ve­hi­cle crash on the Bruce High­way north of Blue­wa­ter last night.

A 39- year- old man died when the four- wheel- drive ve­hi­cle, which was car­ry­ing five peo­ple, rolled near Sleeper Log Creek, about 2km north of Blue­wa­ter about 5.25pm.

Po­lice said in a state­ment last night that the man, a frontseat pas­sen­ger in the north­bound ve­hi­cle, had been pro­nounced dead at the scene.

A 14- year- old male pas­sen­ger was flown to Townsville Hos­pi­tal by emer­gency heli­copter “suf­fer­ing from lifethreat­en­ing in­juries”.

The boy re­mained in hos­pi­tal in a crit­i­cal but sta­ble con­di­tion late last night.

Townsville Dis­trict Duty Of­fi­cer Dar­ren Ran­dall said the driver of a ve­hi­cle, a 24year- old man, and two other pas­sen­gers, boys aged 11 and 15 had been taken to Townsville Hos­pi­tal for ob­ser­va­tion.

Both lanes of the high­way were closed for about four hours be­fore re­open­ing to traf­fic late last night.

Po­lice Foren­sic Crash Unit of­fi­cers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tors are ap­peal­ing for any wit­nesses to the crash or for any­one who has dash cam footage of the in­ci­dent to con­tact po­lice,” a po­lice spokesman said.

The tragedy oc­curred on a stretch of road no­to­ri­ous as be­ing one of Townsville dead­li­est black spots.

The Townsville Bul­letin re­ported in April that anal­y­sis of govern­ment crash data re­vealed eight peo­ple had died on the Bruce High­way be­tween Blue­wa­ter and Toomulla from 2001 to 2016.

In June last year, a 46- yearold Cairns man died and an­other man was hos­pi­talised in a crash north of Toomulla Beach Rd.

Last Septem­ber, a 38- yearold Kennedy woman died when she was struck on the high­way at Blue­wa­ter.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day a child, be­lieved to be a tod­dler, was also killed in a fa­tal crash west of Bris­bane. The child was struck by a car at Blen­heim, south of Gat­ton in the Lock­yer Val­ley, about 4.20pm. Paramedics con­firmed the child had died, with po­lice in­quiries sug­gest­ing the in­ci­dent oc­curred on a drive­way.

A 70- year- old man was also killed yes­ter­day af­ter the car he was driv­ing col­lided with an­other ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling in the op­po­site di­rec­tion at Forest­dale in Lo­gan about 1.45pm.

Any wit­nesses or any­one with in­for­ma­tion about last night’s Blue­wa­ter crash should call Po­licelink on 131 444.

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