Crash kills local, much-loved mum
A MUCH-LOVED member of the Emerald community, Kym Rummeny, died in a single-vehicle rollover on the Capricorn Highway near Duaringa on Wednesday, just two days after she celebrated turning 55.
Her husband, Harold Rummeny, sustained minor injuries and was able to pull himself from the wreck, but wife Kym was trapped in the car.
Duaringa Sergeant Paul James, who was the first responding officer, said the grey Nissan X-Trail SUV rolled on a straight section of road 8km west of the small town about 5pm on Wednesday.
The car came to rest against the tree-line on the southern side of the highway.
"It appears the vehicle has veered to the incorrect side of the road," Sgt James said.
Mr Rummeny, also 55, was taken to the Rockhampton Base Hospital by ambulance, Sgt James said.
Kym, who worked at the Emerald Maraboon Motor Inn, was well-known in the community and yesterday tributes flowed for the beloved mum and grandmother.
Facebook friends rallied behind the Rummeny children, offering condolences for their loss, and support during their father's recovery.
Mr Rummeny is an active Scouts member and had only a few weeks ago returned from a camp in Rockhampton in his capacity as leader.
Emerald Scouts regional commissioner for Central West region John Finn said he was a valued member of the organisation.
"He is a terrific leader, a top bloke," Mr Finn said.
He said while he only met Mrs Rummeny a handful of times, he found them to both be "fantastic people".
"We all wish Harold a speedy recovery and hope he gets back on his feet quickly," Mr Rummeny said.
It was a horror 24 hours on Queensland roads with five deaths from four separate car crashes.
A female in her 60s died in a head-on collision between two cars on the Sunshine Coast yesterday morning.
A three-vehicle crash involving a semi-trailer and two cars left two people dead on the Bruce Hwy north of Tully.
Near Cape York, a man in his 60s was killed after his four-wheel drive collided with another vehicle on the Peninsula Development Rd.
Safety fears aired over trucks 24-hour haulage
THE Central Highlands Regional Council has been advised there is nothing it can do to prevent a trucking company from hauling road trains 24 hours a day on local roads.
On Tuesday, the council was told Traffic and Main Roads had approved a request from Saipem, the company contracted for the haulage of Santos' Gladstone Liquid Natural Gas Project, to operate round the clock in the region.
CHRC infrastructure, assets and public facilities general manager Bill Turner told council there was no approval needed for local roads and there was little it could do to oppose the TMR ruling.
Saipem can now cart 12m-long sections of pipe to various stockpile sites in the Central Highlands on a 24-hour basis.
"From my research, we don't have any ability to impose restrictions on this," Mr Turner said.
Councillor Gail Godwin-Smith said road safety was an issue close to home.
"This is a safety issue," Cr Godwin-Smith said.
"I live down that way and the only reason I know they are there is because I battle with them every day.
"If there is nothing we can do, they should at the very least liaise with the community so everybody knows what is going on.
"You pass them frequently and it is an accident waiting to happen - although I hope it doesn't happen."
Deputy Mayor Gail Nixon agreed with Cr Godwin-Smith, adding that road safety was the "biggest issue" for many residents in the southern parts of the Central Highlands.
"I believe they (Saipem) have agreed to assist us with any damage caused and we need to work that out with them - how it will be done, and to make sure it gets done," Cr Nixon said.
"It's the impact on roads that I'm very concerned about, not so much the noise and light pollution it causes."
Mayor Peter Maguire expressed his anger that a TMR decision to approve 24-hour haulage would ultimately affect local roads.
"It shouldn't happen, those are our roads," he said.