The scene of the three-vehicle crash on the Capricorn Hwy.
The scene of the three-vehicle crash on the Capricorn Hwy.

Mother left in serious condition

AN Emerald mother of four young boys is in a serious condition after a horror three-vehicle crash on the Capricorn Highway which claimed the life of a 45-year-old man.

The woman, 37, was travelling east with her 38-year-old husband and four children aged from four to 12, when a white Toyota Camry, travelling west, collided head-on with their white Toyota Landcruiser.

The crash happened near

Wycarbah, about 40km south west of Rockhampton on Wednesday just before 6.30pm.

The family was taken to the Rockhampton Base Hospital with the woman suffering suspected internal injuries, the father sustained a chest injury and the children received minor injuries.

The man, and sole occupant of the Camry, died at the scene.

Regional Traffic Inspector Lyle Mitchell said the crash was a result of the man drifting onto the wrong side of the road and sideswiping an oncoming blue Toyota Landcruiser towing a box trailer.

The two occupants including a 51-year-old man from Dysart were not injured. The Camry took out the wheel and axel of the trailer before continuing and colliding with the Emerald family in their Landcruiser.

Inspector Mitchell described the incident as a “particularly serious crash involving nine persons”.

“The cause of the crash is subject to investigation,” he said. “We are in school holiday season with a lot of traffic and families travelling over the road network.

“Exercise more care at this time.”

Inspector Mitchell said the death now takes the Central Queensland road toll to 21 for the year, one more than last year.


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