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Reinforcements to hit the roads

A crew cleans up after a recent crash.
A crew cleans up after a recent crash. Lindsey Jackson

A HORRID two weeks on Central Highlands roads have prompted renewed warnings from Emerald police for motorists to drive safely during the Easter break.

The region has suffered two shocking accidents recently that resulted in two fatalities when a man died instantly after colliding with a stray bull, 50km east of Clermont on the Peak Downs Highway and the driver of a truck died on the Capricorn Highway when a road train sideswiped an oncoming truck.

On Tuesday, a driver and passenger were taken to the Rockhampton Hospital with serious injuries after their vehicle struck a tree.

Police said the single-vehicle crash occurred 15km west of Duaringa on the Capricorn Highway at 5.50pm.

In a separate incident, a female motorcyclist was also taken to Injune Hospital after breaking her collarbone in a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of the Carnarvon Highway and Wyseby Road on Monday afternoon.

A horse was also killed on Tuesday night when a car collided with it on the Fitzroy Development Road, 10km north of Dingo.

A maroon Mitsubishi sedan travelling north in rainy and dark

conditions struck the stray horse.

The animal was also struck by a prime mover and became wedged under the truck.

The occupants who were travelling north in the sedan suffered injuries and were transported to Blackwater Hospital. The 55-year-old driver of the prime mover was not injured but the truck had to be towed from the scene.

Emerald officer in charge Senior Sergeant Graeme Reeves has confirmed extra police from the Rockhampton traffic branch have been called in to assist in patrolling the Central Highlands highways.

He said all available police and resources would be used in a Central Highlands combined operation targeting the region’s main arterial roads.

This comes as a timely reminder to all motorists to take care this Easter and Anzac break after a horrid two weeks in the region.

Snr Sgt Reeves said police will target the fatal four- speeding, seatbelts, drink driving and driving while fatigued.

Officers would be working around the clock making every effort to ensure motorists make it to their destinations safely.

“This period traditionally sees a marked increase in road traffic with motorists travelling long distances to visit family,” Snr Sgt Reeves said.

“I personally request motorists to plan their trip and take regular breaks. I press to people to drive to conditions, especially to the conditions of the roads which have deteriorated over the past months due to floods and heavy rains.

“Please wear your seatbelts. There have been a number of accidents in the past 12 months where people have been thrown from vehicles because they haven’t had their seatbelts on.

“I implore people to buckle up and ensure children are appropriately secured in the correct child seats. Please travel safely and keep in mind that there are a lot of people on the road, particularly a large number of people in the area that may not be accustomed to country roads.”


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