THE small community of the Gemfields is mourning the loss of another loved one too soon.
About 7.30am Monday, 17-year-old Sapphire local Rebecca Fenton died when her white Hyundai Getz collided with a work vehicle on the Capricorn Hwy at the intersection of the highway and Yarrabee Mine Haul Rd, seven kilometres east of Blackwater.
The Emerald State High School student was believed to have been travelling back from Yeppoon with a 22-year-old male passenger when her vehicle ran into the back of the utility, driven by a 32-year-old Rockhampton man, as it was stopped to turn in to the Yarrabee Mine Haul Rd.
Friends and family took to social networking sites after the accident to send messages of support.
"Is such a tragedy and hope that all involved are coping as best as they can at this very hard time," one Facebook message read.
"Thank you to everyone for the messages of support - it means a lot to all of the family," another read.
Forensic Crash Unit officer-in-charge Sergeant Ray Pimm said police were investigating the cause.
"We suspect it was inattention by the driver of the white Hyundai. We're doing mechanical inspections (and) checking other avenues of inquiries at this stage… it's still early days yet," he said.
"We believe that they had been possibly at Yeppoon overnight or for the weekend and were returning to their home out at the Highlands."
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