Townsville Bulletin

Man dies in crash, girl left badly hurt

- JANESSA EKERT

AN 11-year-old girl is still fighting for her life after a horror fatal crash at Erakala near Mackay as police search for a specific witness who may have been first on the scene.

A 59-year-old Townsville man had been riding a motorcycle with the girl on the back when it and a dual cab ute collided just before 2pm on Saturday.

The man died at Mackay Base Hospital after paramedics rendered first aid at the scene.

The 11-year-old girl was flown to Townsville University Hospital where she was in a critical condition on Sunday night.

Forensic Crash Unit officers are now appealing for an elderly man driving a green Ford utility east on Sugarshed Rd to come forward.

Police believe he may have been one of the first motorists to come across the scene and may have informatio­n that could help.

Investigat­ors are asking the man, or anyone else with informatio­n, to come forward.

Multiple police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the crash site on Sugarshed Rd, near the Ridolfis Rd turn

offoff. The motorcycle and ute had been travelling in the opposite direction when the crash occurred about 1.45pm. Paramedics were called about 1.50pm.

The 30-year-old male driv

er of the dual cab ute was not physically injured but was taken to hospital for observatio­n.

Photograph­s show the impact between the two vehicles, which caused significan­t damage to the front of the ute.

Forensic Crash Unit officers were on the scene inspecting the wreckage before both the ute and bike were removed from the site.

Police crews had blocked off Sugarshed Rd and were maintainin­g an exclusion zone from the crash, directing traffic away from the site.

The road was closed from the Mackay Bypass Rd intersecti­on to the Sugarshed and Farleigh-dumbleton roads intersecti­on for about three hours.

Forensic Crash Unit officers are investigat­ing the cause of the crash.

 ?? ?? Emergency services at the scene of the collision between a motorcycle and a dual cab ute on Sugarshed Rd west of Mackay. Picture: Janessa Ekert
Emergency services at the scene of the collision between a motorcycle and a dual cab ute on Sugarshed Rd west of Mackay. Picture: Janessa Ekert
 ?? ?? The ute is taken away. Picture: Janessa Ekert
The ute is taken away. Picture: Janessa Ekert

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