A six-year-old boy has died in a rollover accident in southwest Queensland, one of two fatalities and seven crashes in the region in 72 hours.
The boy from Roma was traveling with a 33-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman on the Carnarvon highway in Injune, 570 km west of Brisbane, on Thursday morning when their SUV rolled over to the other side. of the road.
A truck then collided with the vehicle.
Inspector Ray Vine described the scene as “particularly confronting”.
“While traveling south on the Carnarvon Expressway, for some unknown reason the car rolled over and came to rest on the other side of the road,” Inspector Vine said.
“It looks like the two adults were able to free themselves, but the six-year-old boy was still in the vehicle when the northbound truck struck.
“Very tragically, the boy died at the scene.”
Inspector Vine said it was not known what caused the vehicle to overturn, but the Forensic Response Unit was investigating.
He added that this was the second fatality on the roads of southwest Queensland in three days, urging drivers to be careful when driving at night.
“We had a very difficult start to the year on our southwestern roads, with two fatalities and seven crashes within 72 hours,” Inspector Vine said.
“Any accident on our roads is one accident too many, but having to live two lives lost in the community in such a short time is particularly painful.
It is believed the vehicle then swerved into a tree, killing the man.
The driver and another passenger were treated for minor injuries.
Inspector Vine urged drivers on all roads and especially rural roads to drive safely.
“Both deaths occurred early in the morning,” he said.
“It is important to understand the dangers of driving on rural roads at night, whether for long distances or between towns, there are dangers to wildlife.”
He said the leading causes of death on Queensland’s roads were speed, drunk driving and drugs, not wearing seat belts, fatigue and distracted driving.
“We all have a shared responsibility for road safety. Every decision you make is important.”