Road accidents

Graphic reminder of risks – Car wrecks displayed roadside

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 22/02/2007, pg. 26

FLUORESCENT-painted car wrecks are the latest shock tactic police are using in the battle against the soaring accident rate on country roads.

In a trial at Dalby, a car crash display complete with real wrecked cars has been set up next to a sign asking drivers “Are you Queensland’s next killer?”

The scheme is […]

Road tragedy ends young mum’s life

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 19/04/2006, pg. 61


Pharmacy assistant, mother

Born: Biloela, March 13, 1975

Died: Warra, March 29, 2006

VANESSA Louise Kingston, 31, was killed in a collision on the Warrego Highway east of Warra on the Darling Downs after her front left tyre hit a rut and blew out, causing her vehicle to slide into the path of […]

Truck driven at 122km/h before fatal range crash

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 16/02/2005, pg. 9

A TRUCK driver killed on the Toowoomba Range last year had been travelling at 122km/h with his hazard lights flashing before he collided with the rear of another truck, an inquest was told yesterday.

Coroner Roger Stark found the driver had recognised some difficulty but police investigations found no evidence of what […]

Faulty lights blamed for railway crossing crash

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 15/05/2004, pg. 7

ROUGH bitumen and faulty level crossing lights have been blamed for a collision between a B-double road train and a freight train which almost claimed the life of a truck driver at Goondiwindi in southwest Queensland yesterday.

A locomotive hit the front trailer of the B-double just behind the prime mover as the […]

Paramedic forced to leave injured man

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 06/04/2004, pg. 3

A PARAMEDIC had to leave a seriously injured man at the scene of a horror road accident at the weekend because he had only one stretcher in his ambulance.

Rob O’May, a relieving paramedic at Jandowae ambulance station 150km northwest of Toowoomba, was forced to make the decision to leave an injured man […]

Driver swats fly: four uni friends perish

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 03/10/2002, pg. 1

A BRISBANE university student — the sole survivor of a horrific road accident — last night spoke of her devastation at losing her four friends after she lost control of her 4WD when she swatted away a fly.

A heavily-sedated Alexis Pidcock told her parents of the tragedy which claimed the lives of […]

Wife able to comfort dying bush firefighter

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 27/08/2001, pg. 3

THE wife of a stalwart bush fire brigade volunteer heard on UHF radio her husband had been hit by a truck and rushed to him as he lay fatally injured waiting for an ambulance.

Garnet Smoothy, 64, was helping a neighbour with a controlled burn-off near Crows Nest on Saturday afternoon […]

Short cut to death on Gatton bypass

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 18/11/2000, pg. 7

THE white crosses accompanied by floral tributes — markers to the highway dead — are dotted every few kilometres along the Gatton bypass.

This 20km piece of bitumen is part of the Warrego Highway linking Brisbane with Toowoomba.

The death rate in accidents on the bypass is more than three times […]