Man dies af­ter car runs off Ring Road

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - KELSIE IORIO

A DRIVER was killed af­ter his car ran off the Townsville Ring Rd and burst into flames yes­ter­day.

Se­nior Sergeant dis­trict duty of­fi­cer Scott War­rick said about 4.50pm a ve­hi­cle was seen by wit­nesses trav­el­ling at high speed along Dal­rym­ple Rd.

“As a re­sult of that ac­tion the ve­hi­cle has left the over­pass,” he said.

“It has trav­elled, we es­ti­mate, about 100- 150m from the road, it has crashed and burst into flames.

“Sadly a male oc­cu­pant has been de­clared de­ceased at the scene.”

As of yes­ter­day evening Snr Sgt War­rick said the man’s age was un­known but po­lice be­lieved he was be­tween 20 to 30 years old. The man’s iden­tity could not be con­firmed at this stage.

Snr Sgt War­rick said it was too early to de­ter­mine the ex­act cause of the crash but speed was likely a fac­tor.

“Foren­sic crash in­ves­ti­ga­tors have ar­rived, nu­mer­ous wit­nesses have con­tacted or ap­proached us at the scene and in­di­cated the ve­hi­cle was ob­served trav­el­ling at an ex­ces­sively high speed just prior to the ac­ci­dent,” he said.

QAS se­nior oper­a­tions su­per­vi­sor Tony Kirkham said the man suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant in­juries.

“QAS did all they could but un­for­tu­nately the re­sus­ci­ta­tion ef­forts were not suc­cess­ful,” he said.

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