Crash takes life of Emu Park man
A HIGH-speed, two-vehicle crash on Kinka Beach Road that claimed the life of an Emu Park man on Monday night was the second accident on that stretch of road in three days.
The new section of road, commonly called the Tanby Road bypass, has been the site of four major accidents since opening mid-2006, two of them occurring in the last few days.
Yeppoon police said as well as Monday’s fatality, there had been a motorcycle accident on Saturday night just after 8pm.
While there had been two other accidents with reported injuries in the same section of road in the past three years, Senior Sergeant Bob Barclay said it was not a bad area for accidents.
Emu Park residents were yesterday shocked at the news that one of their own had died in the accident about 6pm on Monday.
While the name of the 38-year-old victim has been withheld at the request of his family, those who knew him, his partner and her three children were yesterday distraught at the news.
Police said preliminary investigations suggested the man was travelling south in his white utility about 400 metres north from the Scenic Highway intersection and had overtaken a number of vehicles before his vehicle was involved in a head-on collision with a Commodore sedan.
Both vehicles were extensively damaged in the crash.
A 34-year-old Zilzie woman in the sedan was trapped with serious leg injuries for almost two hours.
Her injuries were believed to be two broken legs and a broken ankle.
Emergency services personnel used hydraulic equipment to free her.
She was transported to Rockhampton Hospital in a serious condition and yesterday was reported as being in a stable condition.
The driver of the utility was declared dead at the scene.
His family has advised that a private funeral service will be held for him.