Fatal crashes a grim reminder
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.