Head-on claims Marmor man
THE small community of Marmor is in mourning today after the tragic death of a 19-year-old man on the weekend.
The teenager died on Saturday morning after his car and a truck collided on the Bruce Highway at Midgee, about 12km south of Rockhampton.
Although the young man’s identity had not been formally released yesterday, news of the horrific accident had spread through the tight-knit town.
A community member yesterday said the teenager was “very much a part of the community”.
The Morning Bulletin was told he was a “great” cricketer and had recently joined the Rural Fire Brigade with his father.
It is believed the young man, who came from a large family, had lived in Marmor for about eight months after moving from New South Wales.
He moved to be with relatives who have lived in Marmor for many years.
He had been driving a white sedan when it was involved in a head-on crash with a B-double semi-trailer.
The impact forced the sedan off the road and caused the truck to “jack-knife”.
The young driver died at the scene.
Debris was scattered across the road and highway traffic was diverted over a railway line. Emergency crews remained on site until about midday.
Police are still investigating the cause of the crash, but believe one of the vehicles may have been on the incorrect side of the road.
District duty officer Senior Sergeant Mick Langsdorf, who was at the accident site, said he wanted to stress the importance of remembering the fatal four while driving.
The fatal four include wearing seatbelts, speeding, alcohol and fatigue.
“Motorists need to drive with care because any lack of concentrations can have a tragic result,” Senior Sergeant Langsdorf said.
The victim was the third person to die on Queensland roads since police launched the Christmas Road Safety Campaign on Friday.
The campaign will run till January 1.