ROLLED: Two men are in hospital after their ute rolled.
ROLLED: Two men are in hospital after their ute rolled. Kelly Butterworth Emecrash

Two Emerald men in hospital after vehicle rolls

A SECOND crash in the Central Highlands region in a week has left locals reeling, with two young Emerald men now in hospital.

James Norgrove and Josh McLean were travelling on the Capricorn Hwy east of Emerald when the Toyota LandCruiser, driven by Mr McLean, rolled multiple times. Both men were flown to hospital with extensive injuries.

Mr McLean's mum Tammy Stubbs said she was praying for the boys. "God doesn't want those two boys yet," she said.

Ms Stubbs said the support from the community after the crash, which happened on Mother's Day, was a blessing.

"Thank you very much, we just want the boys to get better," she said.

Emerald police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Peter McFarlane said it was important for young drivers to be aware of the risks on the roads.


"Traffic crashes don't discriminate, if you comply with the fatal five your chances of being involved in a traffic crash are greatly diminished," Snr Sgt McFarlane said.

"Certainly with the rollover on Sunday night, after initial investigations, it could have been avoided.

"We now have two young men from our community seriously injured in hospital."


Snr Sgt McFarlane said the crash should serve as a "timely reminder".

"If you are a young person, you are not invincible," he said.

"If you're involved in a traffic crash, having your seatbelt on greatly lowers your chances of dying."

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