Death toll on roads now 14
IT has been a tragic Easter weekend on Central Queensland roads with two of the state’s four deaths to late yesterday afternoon occurring in the region.
A pedestrian died after being hit by a B-double fuel tanker on the Capricorn Highway, about 1km from the Yeppen Roundabout, about 3.30pm yesterday.
Police said witnesses told them the pedestrian, a 29-year-old man from Zilzie, had walked or ran onto the road as the truck neared.
“He has died immediately,” the region’s top traffic police officer, Inspector Lyle Mitchell, said.
He said the driver of the fuel tanker had just started work and was shaken by the incident.
“We will look at the circumstances of the pedestrian and there will be a mechanical check of the truck,” Insp Mitchell said.
This tragedy followed the death of a man in his 40s in a single-vehicle crash on the Round Hill Road, eight kilometres from Agnes Water, on Saturday night.
The man, believed to have been from Brisbane, was the sole occupant in the vehicle.
This death took the region’s road toll this year to 13 – one more than for the corresponding period last year.
The Capricorn Highway death hadn’t been added to the toll.
Meanwhile, 329 speedsters in one day was enough to prompt a strong warning from Insp Mitchell.
The high spike of speedsters across the region on Good Friday topped the state for the day leaving the traffic boss “disappointed”.
Many offenders were caught on the Bruce Highway, some recorded at speeds above 130kmh with most between 120 and 130kmh.
“Accidents with the high speeds on our highway usually cause tragic results.”
He said the region usually averaged just over 100 speedsters a day during a road safety campaign.
He said other offenders included:
A teenage P-plater who told police he was hurrying to see his girlfriend when caught doing 149 kmh in a 100 zone at Blackall;
Another young P-plater picked up at 132 kmh in a 100 zone near Agnes Water on Saturday. He was caught again a couple of hours later doing 69 in a 50 zone and having removed his P-plates from the vehicle;
A US female tourist, 23, who recorded a blood-alcohol level of .174%, more than three times the legal drink-drive limit; and
A Gracemere man, 31, caught driving with a BAC of .189% on the old Capricorn Highway about 8.45pm on Good Friday. He was one of 18 drink-drivers in the Rockhampton district from Thursday to Saturday.