Horror weekend claims three lives
A DEVASTATING weekend on Central Queensland roads has left several families in mourning this Christmas.
Three people died in accidents, two of them on the Bruce Highway, and a pedestrian was taken to Gladstone with life-threatening injuries head injuries after being struck by a van in Gladstone.
Motorists are now being urged by police to be responsible.
Queensland Traffic Branch's Inspector Jo Henderson said police were only part of the solution.
"People need to be responsible," she said.
"Road safety is everybody's business."
A 19-year-old female, a two-and-a-half month-old baby and a man believed to be in his 40s died in three separate accidents.
The 19-year-old was driving a sedan carrying three other young women when it collided with a B-double truck near Marmor on Friday night on the Bruce Highway at about 7.40pm.
Police said it is believed the car pulled out in front of the B-double as the car turned onto the highway, 2km south of Marmor.
The New South Wales woman's passengers, an 18-year-old local girl and two 19-year-old women also from NSW, were taken to Rockhampton Hospital and were in a stable condition as of lunchtime yesterday.
A 65-year-old Brisbane man, the truck driver, who suffered foot injuries, was also taken to hospital but later released.
One of the young women was trapped in the vehicle for just over an hour as the car had stopped down an embankment, on its roof, about 20 metres away from the truck.
RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service attended the Marmor incident and transported one female patient with multiple fractures and possible head injuries to Rockhampton.
The two-and-a-half-month-old baby died yesterday morning in a single-vehicle crash on the Bruce Highway, south of Miriam Vale, about 7km south of Granite Creek about 5am.
The other four occupants, believed to be from the same family from Brisbane, were taken to Bundaberg Hospital with minor injuries.
The other fatality occurred on Saturday afternoon, about 1.50pm, near Rosedale.
A man, believed to be in his 40s, died when he fell off his motorbike after leaving the road while going around a bend.
Also, a male pedestrian sustained life-threatening injuries after a serious traffic crash in Toolooa St, Gladstone, about 3.20am yesterday.
The man, believed to be in 40s, was on the roadway when he was struck by a van travelling east.
He was transported to Gladstone Hospital with suspected leg and life-threatening head injuries.
The driver remained at the scene.