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Crash victim's mum survives

Skye Thomson, 15, pictured with her sister Zoe, died following Thursday’s crash.
Skye Thomson, 15, pictured with her sister Zoe, died following Thursday’s crash. Courtesy Of Channel

TWO people remain in Rockhampton Hospital in a stable condition following Thursday's fatal accident that killed Marmor girl Skye Thomson, 15.

Her boyfriend Ricky Saunders, 17 and mother Wendy, 43, remain in hospital.

Police said initial investigations indicated the car Skye was travelling in pulled out to overtake a truck on double white lines.

Longtime truck driver Tony Hopkins said Thursday's accident came as no surprise.

He said cars going around trucks on double white lines was a common occurrence on Queensland highways.

"They race around in front of trucks, turn on the skids and then turn off the highway, all to save five seconds of driving," he said.

"The biggest issue I'm finding hard to deal with... they've (department of main roads) just done widening of the road between here and Emerald/Blackwater but they haven't had the foresight to put in more overtaking lanes."

Mr Hopkins is a member of the National Road Freight Association and is on a road safety committee.

He said motorists were getting frustrated as the poor condition of the roads led to longer driving times.

"Going to Brisbane, on an average, a truck driver will avoid 10 accidents due to driver error," Mr Hopkins said.

He said cars pull out in front of trucks and then slow down to 80 or 90kmh, but when they get to an overtaking lane, the car speeds up to 110kmh, making it difficult for the truck, which sits on about 100kmh, to overtake the car in time, safely.

Going to Brisbane, on an average, a truck driver will avoid 10 accidents due to driver error

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