SHOCKING TOLL: The accident scene, where a Blackwater man was killed in the early hours of Sunday.
SHOCKING TOLL: The accident scene, where a Blackwater man was killed in the early hours of Sunday. Tara Miko

Blackwater biker’s road death Qld’s 23rd this month

THE Blackwater community was shocked by the death of a local miner in a horror motorbike crash in the early hours of Sunday.

Police investigations into the crash continue but preliminary information suggested the 40-year-old's bike failed to take the bend at the corner of Conachan and Donovan Sts in the town's northern suburbs.

Known as "Shorty" to colleagues from BMA's Blackwater Mine, it was understood the skilled boilermaker was relatively new to town.

"It appears the man has approached the corner of Conachan St and Donovan St and has not made the turn," a police spokesman said.

Police confirmed the man was wearing a helmet.

It was believed a nearby resident raised the alarm with police in the early hours of Sunday.

A Donovan St resident said the first they heard of the accident was via social media later that morning.

The resident said they heard dogs barking about 2am but gave little regard to the disturbance. The area was otherwise generally quiet, they added.

A small crowd of mourners attended the scene later that day, another resident said. But it was not known if they were the man's family, which is believed to live in Blackwater.

Emerald Scenes of Crime officers and Forensic Crash Unit investigators from Rockhampton were called in to assist with the investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to phone Blackwater police on 4982 5933 or Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000).

Blackwater Mine general manager Paul Hemburrow offered condolences following the tragedy.

"BMA understands this is a difficult time for those who knew and worked with (the man)," Mr Hemburrow said.

The death took the state's 2013 road toll to 23.


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