CQ’s Jason Hetherington relaxes after he had a lucky escape this week.
CQ’s Jason Hetherington relaxes after he had a lucky escape this week. File

Ex-NRL star unharmed in fatal crash

FORMER NRL star Jason Hetherington and his family had a miraculous escape this week, walking unscathed from a crash that claimed a truck driver’s life.

The accident occurred on Tuesday about 6.50am on Gladstone-Mt Larcom Rd, at Mt Larcom, when it’s believed the east-bound truck strayed onto the wrong side of the road and collided with a caravan heading west.

The caravan was being towed by a four-wheel-drive containing Hetherington and his family.

The 32-year-old truck driver from Dalby was pronounced dead at the scene. His name had not been released yesterday.

The Hetherington family was uninjured and able to drive away after consulting police.

Their caravan was smashed and its contents spread across a large stretch of the road. The family later returned to sift through their belongings.

It’s understood they were on their way to a school carnival.

Hetherington, who played for Australia and the Bulldogs, was unable to be reached yesterday, but many among Central Queensland’s football community heard about his crash.

The former NRL star was involved in Mal Maninga’s Queensland backroom staff for this year’s State of Origin series and is an active supporter of the region’s NRL Bid team.

As well as being one of the bid’s directors, Hetherington does a lot of work in a voluntary capacity with the day to day running of the bid.

This includes mentoring one of the inductees through a scholarship program.

Investigations into the crash are continuing.

A QRFS spokesperson expressed concern at the number of truck accidents that have occurred on that particular stretch of road.

“This is the fourth accident I have personally attended where a truck has run off this stretch of road in the past six months. ,” he said.

The 32-year-old truck driver from Dalby was pronounced dead at the scene.



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