Constable Sam Baxter (left) and Sergeant Ewan Findlater.
Constable Sam Baxter (left) and Sergeant Ewan Findlater.

Head-on crash injures eight



CENTRAL Queensland was "very lucky'' not to feature in the State's horror weekend road toll after a high-speed smash hospitalised eight people.

Three people died on Queensland's roads at the weekend but it could have been much worse.

On Friday night a utility and a mini-van collided head-on in wet conditions, on the Capricorn Highway, about two kilometres west of Rockhampton's Yeppen roundabout.

Another vehicle also came to grief during the 10.50pm accident, police said.

Some of the occupants were trapped in the wreckage and had to be cut free.

Among the eight patients taken to Rockhampton Hospital ? four in a critical but not lifethreatening condition ? was the 50-year-old male driver of the mini-van, who sustained fractured legs.

A man, 38, travelling in the utility fractured an ankle.

Rockhampton Police Sergeant Gary Walsh said initial investigations revealed the driver of the utility, travelling to Blackwater, was forced to take evasive action when a vehicle approached on the wrong side of the road.

"It (utility) has slid out of control on the wet road and into the path of a third vehicle,'' he said.

The vehicle, on the wrong side of the road, continued on, Sergeant Walsh said.

Central Police Region traffic co-ordinator Inspector Lyle Mitchell said it was "very lucky'' no-one was killed.

"It serves as a reminder to everybody that if you wear a seatbelt you've got a chance of walking away,'' he said.

On Saturday, a semi-trailer struck and killed a man who police believe had been sleeping in the middle of the road at Hervey Bay.

On Saturday, a motorcyclist, 55, died in an accident with a car on the Gold Coast.



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