Couple to hospital as 4WD van roll

Police and emergency services at the rollover on the Dawson Hwy.
Police and emergency services at the rollover on the Dawson Hwy.

AN ELDERLY Tasmanian couple escaped serious injury when a four-wheel drive and caravan rolled on the Capricorn Hwy on Monday.

Senior Constable Glenn Cox said the man, 79, and his 72-year-old wife were taken to Rockhampton Hospital as a precaution after their Mitsubishi Challenger towing a single-axle van came to grief on an S-bend on the Gogango Range at about 9.30am.

A Main Roads worker reported the accident, which required a lane of the highway to be closed for three-and-a-half hours and caused east-bound traffic to bank up for about 4km. The highway was closed in both directions for 90 minutes as the four-wheel drive and van were loaded on to a tow truck.

Snr Const Cox said investigations into the cause of the accident were ongoing.

In a separate incident, two people were taken to Rockhampton Hospital in a serious but stable condition on Monday after their vehicle overturned on the Dawson Hwy.

The man, 50, and woman, 48, had internal injuries and burns due to leaking fuel.

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