Tim Magee was on scene at a crash south of Proserpine on Monday.
Tim Magee was on scene at a crash south of Proserpine on Monday. Jacob Miley

Worker pulled car from creek in fatal Bruce Hwy crash

A PROSERPINE man has played an unlikely part in the recovery of a submerged car in which a man was found dead.

Tim Magee went to work fencing near Lethebrook Creek about 7am Monday. He and his boss had been working for about 30 minutes when a man approached them to say he'd seen a vehicle partially covered by water nearby.

"A fella came and saw us and took my boss away to have a look to see if there was anyone in it. My boss went and had a look but he couldn't see anything," Mr Magee recalled.

They contacted police and went back to work, fencing on the opposite side of the creek.

About an hour later police officers asked if they could pull the vehicle from the water as the registration number of the submerged car couldn't be located.

"We went back with the tractor and my boss went in the creek and tied it on the car and then I started pulling it out with the tractor," Mr Magee said.

"We were just pulling the car out really slow with the tractor and then all of a sudden something floated up and we just stopped, everyone sort of just knew what it was so we just walked away and let the police do their thing."

A 44-year-old Proserpine man was declared dead at the scene.

 

Proserpine man Tim Magee helped to recover the submerged car.
Proserpine man Tim Magee helped to recover the submerged car. Courtesy Channel 7 News Mackay

Mr Magee said at first, he and his boss thought the car had been abandoned.

"It was tough, but I just felt sorry for him, the poor bugger. I'm glad we got to him, if he had gone in a lot more you wouldn't have seen the car. He probably wouldn't have been found until it got dry again."

Later, when police finished initial investigations, Mr Magee and his boss were again needed to pull the car further out so the the tow truck could take it away.

A Queensland Police spokesman said it appeared the Nissan XTrail had veered off the Bruce Highway into the creek below.

It's not known when the crash occurred.

The Police Forensic Crash Unit is continuing to investigate the crash and is still appealing for information from the public.



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