Fa­tal crashes a grim re­minder

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAND po­lice are urg­ing road users to be cau­tious on the roads this year fol­low­ing the end of an­other year of fa­tal crashes.

This comes af­ter two more lives were lost on the last day of the year, bring­ing the to­tal Queens­land fa­tal road toll to 246 lives in 2018, com­pared to 248 in 2017.

There were 60 lives lost in the south­ern polic­ing re­gion last year, which in­cludes the South and North Bur­nett.

Bur­nett emer­gency ser­vices saw their share of a dozen fa­tal traf­fic crashes through­out 2018.

South Bur­nett fa­tal crashes:

This week marks a year since a dou­ble fa­tal­ity on the Bunya High­way on Jan­uary 2, 2018.

A 27-year-old male driver and seven-year-old boy died at the scene near the Kil­coy Mur­gon Rd in­ter­sec­tion at around 4.55pm, when a semi-trailer tow­ing a tri-axle trailer smashed into a white dual cab ute.

Mur­gon rugby league coach An­drew Cole, 34, was killed in a high speed head-on col­li­sion on the Bur­nett High­way near Boouby­jan, on March 17, 2018.

The fol­low­ing month a 64-year-old Bun­gadoo woman later died from her in­juries af­ter a sin­gleve­hi­cle crash on the Bunya High­way.

The woman’s sedan was head­ing north on the high­way be­fore leav­ing the road and strik­ing a tree 9km south of Kumbia in the South Bur­nett at around 11.30am on April 3.

Later in the year, Nanango teenager Lochlan Cress­well died in a car crash on the D’Aguilar High­way be­tween Kin­garoy and Nanango on Oc­to­ber 1, the day af­ter his 19th birth­day.

A 49-year-old Durong man drove through a wire fence at 6.21pm on Iron­bark Rd on De­cem­ber 12.

QPS re­ported the man had died as a re­sult of a med­i­cal con­di­tion.

North Bur­nett fa­tal crashes:

In the North Bur­nett, a 66-year-old mo­tor­cy­clist was killed in Degilbo near Mount Perry-Gayn­dah Rd on Jan­uary 28 last year.

The fol­low­ing month a 25-year-old Biloela man was killed in a crash at Moon­ford.

The male driver was killed at the scene of the sin­gle ve­hi­cle-crash on the Bur­nett High­way on Fe­bru­ary 23.

Tributes flowed for Bund­aberg man Rhys Latham, 23, who was killed in a crash af­ter his 4WD col­lided with a truck on the Bur­nett High­way, 8km north of Tansey on May 28, 2018.

A 43-year-old Sun­shine Coast man was also killed in a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash on the Bur­nett High­way near Monto on Sep­tem­ber 2.

A QPS spokesman said it was de­ter­mined the ac­ci­dent was the re­sult of a med­i­cal in­ci­dent.

Saman­tha Mcleod, 37, died in hos­pi­tal on Oc­to­ber 15 af­ter sus­tain­ing se­ri­ous in­juries in a sin­gle ve­hi­cle crash out­side Gayn­dah.

Emer­gency ser­vices had ex­tracted the Gayn­dah woman from her ve­hi­cle which was lo­cated in bush­land off Gayn­dah Mun­dub­bera Rd on Sep­tem­ber 30.

A man in his 60s was killed when the van he was driv­ing hit a tree on the Bur­nett High­way near Boouby­jan on De­cem­ber 30.

His fe­male pas­sen­ger was trans­ported to hos­pi­tal with life threat­en­ing in­juries from the crash, which oc­curred be­tween Tansey and Ban Ban Springs at around 1.44pm.

A woman died fol­low­ing a sin­gle ve­hi­cle crash on the Bunya High­way near Kumbia at about 11.30am on April 3, 2018.

Emer­gency Ser­vices at­tend to a crash on Gayn­dah Rd, north of Mur­gon on Sep­tem­ber 26, 2018.

A 43-year-old man died at Monto Hos­pi­tal af­ter a se­ri­ous crash on the Bur­nett Hwy on Sep­tem­ber 2.

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