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Two accidents claim one life

Kristopher Hartley was killed after he was believed to have lost control and hit a tree while swerving to avoid an animal.
Kristopher Hartley was killed after he was believed to have lost control and hit a tree while swerving to avoid an animal. Vanessa Marsh

ONE man has died and another is in hospital in a serious condition after two single-vehicle crashes in the Bundaberg region at the weekend.

A 21-year-old man from Hervey Bay, who was identified by police as Kristopher Hartley, was killed after he was believed to have lost control and hit a tree while swerving to avoid an animal on the Gin Gin-Mt Perry Rd on Saturday morning.

The crash, involving a hatchback sedan, happened between 5am and 6.30am.

Mr Hartley was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Queensland Ambulance Service Gin Gin spokesman said the man had been cut out of the car by the time they arrived.

He said the car had been badly damaged in the accident.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the death.

Police are appealing for anyone with any information to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police said initial investigations indicated Mr Hartley may have been avoiding an animal on the roadway when he crashed.

They also said speed was not believed to be a contributing factor.

His death marks the 40th road death for 2012 in the North Coast police region, which takes in Bundaberg down to the Sunshine Coast and Redcliffe.

There have been seven fatalities, including this one, in the Bundaberg region.

In an earlier incident, a 23-year-old man was injured in a single

vehicle crash late on Friday night.

Bundaberg Police Acting Sergeant Ricky Lynch said the man was driving on the Bundaberg-Gin Gin Rd at South Kolan about 11.45pm when his car left the road and hit a culvert.

The man was transferred to the Royal Brisbane Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Act Sgt Lynch said police were still investigating that crash as well.

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