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BIG READ: Police issue caution after road death toll increases

FOUR FATALITIES: Fatal truck roll over on Monday in Taroom.
FOUR FATALITIES: Fatal truck roll over on Monday in Taroom.

SOUTH-west Queensland police are urging motorists to drive safely after a shocking start to the month on the roads.

Since the start of September, nine people have lost their lives in the state - equating to more than one road death per day.

This took the total tally of road deaths for Queensland since January 1 to 170.

Roma Senior Sergeant Duane Frank said it was a very concerning number.

"One loss of a life on the road is too many,” he said.

"People need to drive to the road conditions and make safe and appropriate driving choices.”

Snr Sgt Frank reinforced the message of the Fatal Five after the tragedy of four road deaths in the region this week.

"Drivers need to be aware of the Fatal Five and pay particular attention to what's in front, behind and around them when driving.”

Snr Sgt Frank said motorists in the south-west region should be cautious of the increased traffic in the area.

"It has been particularly busy on our roads at the moment with caravanner tourists travelling around the region,” he said.

"Drivers should adopt a patient approach, avoid unsafe overtaking and adhere to road rules.”

Four dead in separate accidents in south-west

IT HAS been a horrific week on the roads in south-west Queensland, with four fatalities rocking communities right across the region.

After three crashes in the space of 24 hours, police are urging motorists to take every precaution before heading out on the road.

The tragic week started in Taroom on Monday afternoon when a truck carrying a load of hay rolled off the road, killing the 26-year-old male driver.

The accident happened sometime after noon, when the truck driver travelling south of Taroom tried to navigate his way around a corner on Yeovil Rd.

Police said the driver had died by the time emergency services arrived at the scene.

An investigation is being conducted by the Roma Road Policing Unit.

Sergeant Sebastian Pollock of the Roma Road Policing Unit said it was a sad reminder of the importance of road safety, especially in regards to the Fatal Five driving behaviours.

"While we can never place enough emphasis on the Fatal Five when it comes to road safety, it's critical that drivers of heavy vehicles realise they are definitely one of our focus groups, particularly when it comes to wearing seatbelts,” Sgt Pollock said.

Just a few hours after the fatality in Taroom, two men aged 53 and 42 were killed after their car rolled at Wengenville, near the Bunya Mountains.

Police said initial reports suggested the car, a green Ford Falcon sedan, was heading west on Maidenwell Bunya Mountains Rd, west of Yarraman, when it too failed to navigate a bend in the road and collided with a tree.

Another incident on Tuesday in Charleville took the road toll to four in the space of 24 hours.

Man killed in crash on Warrego

A 70-YEAR-OLD man was killed in a two-vehicle crash approximately 40km east of Charleville on Tuesday afternoon.

Preliminary investigations suggest that around 12.30pm, a utility towing a caravan attempted to turn across the Warrego Hwy to access a rest stop on the side of the road when a semi-trailer collided with the utility.

The driver of the utility, a 70-year-old man from Finch Hatton, died at the scene.

A 72-year-old woman, who passenger in the vehicle, was transported to the Charleville Base Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the truck, a 64-year-old man, was transported to the Charleville Base Hospital suffering shock.

The Warrego Hwy was closed for approximately two hours while investigations were conducted.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

The victim's name has not been released at the request of his family.

Police said they have to submit a report to the state coroner to confirm the cause of death.

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Kangaroo causes car rollover near Roma

The soul occupant of a vehicle involved in accident 30km out of Roma towards Injune was uninjured.
The soul occupant of a vehicle involved in accident 30km out of Roma towards Injune was uninjured. Sarah Dionysius

A DRIVER has had a lucky escape after her car rolled over north of Roma on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old, from Cairns, was travelling along the Carnarvon Hwy 30km out of Roma towards Injune when the crash occurred about 8am.

Roma police Senior Sergeant Duane Frank said the driver reported a kangaroo had jumped out onto the road.

To avoid hitting it, the driver took evasive action and then hit a ditch and rolled once, before the car ended up back on its wheels.

"She is very fortunate that she suffered no injuries,” Snr Sgt Frank said.

The incident occurred in a 100kmh zone and Snr Sgt Frank said there was no indication at this stage the driver was speeding.

Snr Sgt Frank said the vehicle had been extensively damaged.

"This is a good example of why seatbelts should always be worn,” he said.


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