Rollover kills mother and sons
FACEBOOK tributes continue to pour in for a Blackwater miner mourning the death of his partner and two young children following a horrific rollover on the Gregory Developmental Rd near Clermont on Friday.
Twenty-nine-year-old Kirwan woman Kymette Coutts and her two sons, Tye Castors, 5, and Eli Castors, aged just three months, died at the scene about 30km north of Clermont after the Toyota Prado she was driving lost control just before 2pm.
Police investigations indicated the three were travelling north back to Townsville after a visit to Gary Castors - Kymette's partner and father of the boys, who was working at a Blackwater mine.
Investigations revealed Kymette was overtaking a truck when she lost control of the four-wheel drive and left the bitumen surface.
Facebook messages continued to offer love and strength to devastated family members.
"Lots of love n prayers sent to you n your family xx," read one on relative Simone Coutts's Facebook page.
"Sorry to hear of your loss, Kymette and the boys will be dearly missed, my prayers are with you and your family," read another.
Isaac Regional Council Mayor Cedric Marshall warned residents to be wary of increasingly heavy traffic on the region's roads that were more often than not still flood-damaged from last summer.
He said latest predictions showed traffic would double on Isaac roads over a five to 10-year period in line with unprecedented mining expansion.
"There's a lot of heavy traffic, be it for mine equipment, grain or cattle, and with the expansion of the mining industry we know there's more to come," Cr Marshall said.
The Gregory Development Rd is a state road maintained by Main Roads.
Cr Marshall said it was imperative the government had a plan to deal with increases in heavy traffic.
"We will certainly be suggesting more passing lanes so people aren't so inclined to take risks," Cr Marshall said.
The IRC received grant approvals for their own flood-damaged road repairs last week.
Kymette grew up on Palm Island and had previously moved to Townsville to work as an Indigenous teacher aide at Southern Cross Catholic School.
Palm Island Mayor Alf Lacey said the entire community was devastated and in mourning after the loss of a "true Palm girl".