Dad dies, daughters injured after crash
A MAN was killed in a head-on collision on Round Hill Road, 20 kilometres south of Agnes Water, about midday yesterday.
The 33-year old Brisbane man died at the scene and his two daughters, aged three and seven, were airlifted to Bundaberg Hospital with critical injuries.
The two occupants of the other vehicle were taken by ambulance to Bundaberg, one suffering serious injuries.
The dead man was believed to have been driving north and the car was virtually destroyed by the impact, with pieces strewn several metres from the rest of the car.
The road was closed for several hours after the crash.
Sergeant Owen Harms, of Miriam Vale Police, said several members of the man’s family were travelling in the car in front when the accident occurred.
“The northbound vehicle crossed over unbroken lines into the path of the southbound vehicle,” Sgt Harms said.
“It is a very sad accident involving families, especially at this time of year.”
“Police are pleading for motorists to take extreme caution on the roads for the rest of the holiday period,” Sgt Harms said.
“We can’t emphasise enough to obey traffic laws and drive with caution.”
The dead man’s family and traumatised witnesses were comforted by emergency service workers.
“It was heartbreaking, they’d just been told their dad had died,” one woman said.
Sergeant Harms said that while investigations into the cause of the accident were continuing, fatigue was a possibility.
Holiday traffic banked up for kilometres in both directions after the crash.
The woman witness said she counted well over 160 vehicles.
“It was mostly people on holiday — some of them were giving up and turning around,” she said.
The fatality was the first on the road for Gladstone this holiday period, while Queensland’s holiday road toll now stands at eight.
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Crash wrap-up from around the region Tuesday:
A 30-year-old woman was taken to Gladstone Hospital suffering shoulder injuries and breathing difficulties after a single-vehicle crash at Mt Alma on the Dawson Highway near Calliope about 10.30am;
A man was killed and two girls were flown to Bundaberg Hospital with critical injuries after a head-on collision near Agnes Water about 11.30am;
Moments later there was a two-vehicle accident at Deepwater, also near Agnes Water. Two patients were flown to Rockhampton Hospital with chest and neck injuries and other fractures and two other patients were taken to Bundaberg Hospital with unknown injuries;
There was a minor crash on Yaamba Road about 11.49am. No-one was hurt.
Information provided by Emergency Services media.