Pittsworth man killed in crash

Po­lice plead for more cau­tious driv­ing fol­low­ing sev­eral in­ci­dents

The Chronicle - - Front Page - TOM GILLE­SPIE tom.gille­[email protected]­i­cle.com.au

PO­LICE have urged more cau­tion from driv­ers on ru­ral high­ways fol­low­ing a fa­tal crash south-west of Toowoomba yes­ter­day.

A 24-year-old Pittsworth man was pro­nounced dead at the scene of the in­ci­dent on the Gore High­way at Brox­burn just af­ter 3am.

While po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause, ini­tial re­ports found the vic­tim had been thrown from the car.

A pass­ing mo­torist found de­bris re­lat­ing to the crash and alerted emer­gency ser­vices.

PO­LICE have urged driv­ers on ru­ral high­ways to use cau­tion, af­ter a young man was killed in a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash south­west of Toowoomba yes­ter­day.

The 24-year-old Pittsworth man, be­lieved to be mar­ried with chil­dren, was pro­nounced dead at the scene of the in­ci­dent on the Gore High­way at Brox­burn about 3am.

Pittsworth Po­lice also con­firmed the man wasn’t wear­ing his seat­belt.

Act­ing Of­fi­cer-in-Charge Steve John­son said while in­ves­ti­ga­tions were still on­go­ing into the ac­tual cause, ini­tial re­ports sug­gested the vic­tim had been thrown from the car, which con­tin­ued to roll for­ward.

“The ve­hi­cle con­tin­ued rolling; it was around 15m be­tween him and ve­hi­cle (when) it came to a stop,” he said.

Act­ing Sgt John­son pleaded with mo­torists driv­ing on ru­ral high­ways at night to be care­ful and use com­mon sense, af­ter a spate of crashes and rollovers over the week­end.

A man in his 20s was able to pull him­self from a truck crash on the Cun­ning­ham High­way near Karara on Satur­day night, and was taken to War­wick Hospi­tal.

And not long af­ter the fa­tal


crash at Pittsworth, an­other pa­tient was rushed to hospi­tal with sus­pected spinal cord in­juries af­ter a crash yes­ter­day morn­ing on the War­rego High­way at Min­den, east of Toowoomba.

Two mo­tor­cy­clists were also in­volved in a crash on the Moonie High­way, west of Dalby, on Satur­day.

“Ba­si­cally, we just plead to peo­ple to obey the rules (in­clud­ing) to wear seat­belts,” Sgt John­son said, speak­ing gen­er­ally.

“Know your lim­its, es­pe­cially if it’s dur­ing the mid­dle of the night.

“Even if you feel okay, you can have a mi­cro-sleep. If it’s late, even if you’ve got far to travel, we urge peo­ple to con­sider wait­ing un­til the morn­ing.”

The man’s fam­ily has been in­formed of his death.

Po­lice will con­tinue in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the cause of the crash to­day.

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