Cyclist injured on journey home

The Pajero four-wheel drive that rolled on the Capricorn Hwy on Sunday.
The Pajero four-wheel drive that rolled on the Capricorn Hwy on Sunday.

A CYCLIST is in a serious condition in a Brisbane hospital after he was hit by a car on his way home from work at a mine site north of Emerald.

The man, in his fifties, had a broken leg and internal injuries as a result of being struck from behind on Lilyvale Rd by the driver of a white dual cab Hilux utility at 4.10pm last Friday.

He remains in the intensive care unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Capella’s Senior Constable Wayne Smith said the driver and cyclist, who was wearing a helmet, were from Emerald. An investigation is ongoing.

At 6.30am on Friday, a B-double truck rolled its rear trailer carrying sand on the Rubyvale-Capella Rd, the third such incident in as many weeks as a Gemfields quarry attempts to fulfil a 100,000 tonne contract with the Goonyella Riverside mine.

“Driver error and their inexperience with the road and the prime mover were the cause, no alcohol was involved, and although the vehicle was under the prescribed limit, it was simply a case of too fast for that vehicle on the road,” said Anakie’s Sergeant Brad Cowell.

On Sunday, at 6.30am, a man travelling from Jericho wrote-off his Mitsubishi Pajero when it veered off the Capricorn Hwy 5kms west of Anakie.

Sgt Cowell said the man had been travelling in convoy with a truck and had picked up some horses to take back to Rockhampton at midnight. He was shaken up but unhurt.

“Tired drivers are a danger to themselves and others. You basically have a vehicle travelling at 100kmh with no one in control,” he said.

“The driver was very fortunate to walk away. It could have easily been a knock on the door of his parents’ house with devastating news.”

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