Man killed in early morn­ing road crash

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON

A MAN, 24, was killed in a two- ve­hi­cle crash on the Bruce High­way near Black River early yes­ter­day.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the crash site about 1km north of the Veales Rd in­ter­sec­tion about 4.20am.

Po­lice be­lieve the man was killed when the util­ity he was driv­ing col­lided with a trailer be­ing towed by a four- wheeldrive ve­hi­cle. The man, who was the sole oc­cu­pant of the util­ity, died at the scene.

The 61- year- old male driver of the four- wheel- drive and his 47- year- old male pas­sen­ger es­caped with­out in­jury.

Townsville po­lice Se­niorCon­sta­ble Robert Nash said it was be­lieved that the man was head­ing home, which was just north of the crash site.

“He went across the south­bound lines and at that sec­tion the lanes ex­pand to two, al­low­ing for a pass­ing lane,” he said.

“The other car was in the out­ward lane and saw the head­lights com­ing to­wards him. The driver of the south­bound ve­hi­cle at­tempted to move off to the side as much as he could, how­ever the ve­hi­cle con­tin­ued to cross over and struck the right­hand side of the trailer.”

Sen- Constable Nash said the trailer was ripped from the four- wheel- drive ve­hi­cle.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions are in the early stages and at this stage al­co­hol can­not be ruled out,” he said. “That sec­tion of the high­way is 100km/ h so it would be sug­gested that it was a high- end speed col­li­sion be­cause of the speed zone.

“How­ever speed is not con­sid­ered to be a ma­jor con­tribut­ing fac­tor at this time.”

The Bruce High­way was blocked in both di­rec­tions for about four hours.

The po­lice foren­sic unit is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

The fa­tal crash came af­ter po­lice launched school hol­i­day road safety cam­paign Op­er­a­tion Spring Break on Fri­day.

Po­lice are in­creas­ing pa­trols and the num­ber of ran­dom breath tests un­til Oc­to­ber 6. crash

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