Body cut from wreckage

SPEED, failing to wear a seatbelt and possible alcohol consumption were the causes of a head-on crash near Sarina which claimed the life of a Greenhill man, 38, police said yesterday.

"He definitely was not wearing a seatbelt,'' officer- in-charge of Sarina police, Sergeant Dave Parnell, said.

"Of the fatal four ? speed, drink-driving, fatigue and failing to wear a seatbelt ? we suspect that three are involved in this case.''

Toxicology tests are expected to be done at a post mortem examination to determine if alcohol or drugs were in the dead driver's system.

Investigators are also looking at reports that there was a vehicle being driven erratically in the area just before the fatality.

The head-on crash occurred on Courtney's Gap Road, a narrow dirt road which leaves the Bruce Highway about 4km south of Sarina and connects with Range Road.

It happened about 5.30pm on Thursday.

Rescue crews cut open the wreckage to recover the driver's body.

A male passenger in his car was hurt and was in hospital yeaterday.

The other driver, 21, who worked for Graham Electrics, also was injured.



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