Driver, 16, dies in horror crash
A YOUNG couple's journey to start a new life in Queensland ended tragically yesterday when a 16year-old female driver died in a horror crash near Marlborough. ? Her fiance, 21, walked away with minor injuries after the accident on the Bruce Highway, 150km north of Rockhampton, at 11.05am.
Police were investigating late yesterday whether the teenager held a NSW learners permit after failing to find one on her.
Documentation found in the car had led police to initially believe she was 21.
Police said the pair had taken turns to drive through the night after leaving their home town, Newcastle, New South Wales, on Thursday afternoon.
With their worldly possessions packed into a small trailer, they were heading to Townsville.
Marlborough police Senior Constable John Shilton said the couple's car, a Mitsubishi Magna, had veered off the road, crashed through a fence and rolled several times.
The woman was driving at the time, with the pair's last changeover about two hours earlier. The car was a write-off, the driver's side and roof badly damaged. Personal belongings, including walking boots, a pink handbag, old backpack and CDs lay scattered across the surrounding area.
Senior Constable Shilton said the man was in a state of shock when ambulance officers took him to Rockhampton hospital.
"He had minor injuries to his arm,'' he said.
"He seemed to be hanging in there okay, but was no doubt in shock.''
Scenes of Crime officers and the Accident Investigation Squad were brought in from Rockhampton.
Late yesterday, investigations into the cause of the accident were continuing.
This is the first death on CQ roads during the Christmas-New Year holiday and takes the State toll to 10 for the period.
Senior Constable Shilton said yesterday's tragedy was a reminder about the danger of fatigue.
"It's vital to stop, revive and survive,'' he said. "This is a known fatigue zone.
"It's a long stretch of road between Rockhampton and Mackay, there's nothing really exciting to look at.