Crash claims Korean tourist

A Korean tourist is dead and two others are injured after the van they were travelling in crashed near Clairview, 220km north of Rockhampton, about 11am yesterday.

The trio was travelling south from Bowen in a convoy, with four other Korean tourists following in a separate vehicle, when their Toyota Tarago left the road and landed on its roof.

St Lawrence Police Acting Senior Sergeant Trevor Robertson said the back seat passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

“It is a single-vehicle accident and we still don’t know the cause until we speak to the passengers,” Acting Senior Sergeant Robertson said.

“Where they ended up gives no indication of what speed they were travelling.”

Acting Senior Sergeant Robertson said none of the tourists in the convoy could speak English, and police were waiting for the assistance of an interpreter for information including names and cities of origin.

The Korean embassy has been notified.

RACQ-CQ Rescue helicopter crewman Darren Bobin said: “Two other Koreans (driver and front seat passenger) in the vehicle aged 24 and 35 were transported by the RACQ-CQ Rescue helicopter to Mackay Base Hospital, but it is believed their injuries are not serious.”

“It appears the van they were travelling in veered from the road and down an embankment, landing on its roof.”

Yesterday’s fatality brings the Mackay region’s road toll to 28 for the year, with the busy Christmas period still ahead.

The toll is the worst since 1988 when 39 lives were lost on the region’s roads.

Sergeant Shane Edwards of Mackay Police said the crash was the first fatality in the region this month.

“We had two in October and three in September,” Sergeant Edwards said.

“Drivers are disobeying basic road rules. No matter what we seem to be doing they seem to be committing traffic offences and having accidents as a result of it.”

Last year16 people died in road accidents in the Mackay region.



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