28-year-old's death sees Bundaberg road toll climb to seven

TRAGEDY: The wreck of the ute a 28-year-old man was driving when he was killed in a crash on Tuesday near Gin Gin.
TRAGEDY: The wreck of the ute a 28-year-old man was driving when he was killed in a crash on Tuesday near Gin Gin. Zach Hogg BUNCAR

BUNDABERG fatality statistics are climbing at an alarming rate with the death of a 28-year-old man on the Bundaberg-Gin Gin Rd bringing the road toll tally to seven this year alone.

Travis Herschell died at the scene of the head-on collision on Tuesday night, near Maroondan, which left another 19-year-old driver with serious injuries.

"It appears the driver of one of the vehicles has gone over double lines and has collided with the other vehicle head-on," Bundaberg police Acting Inspector Erwin Hoffmann said.

Traffic was closed for a period of time as the RACQ CareFlight rescue chopper landed to treat the surviving teenager.

Acting Insp Hoffmann could not speculate on what car was at fault, but he said the Forensic Crash Unit was continuing its investigations.

The Tuesday tragedy follows the death of 17-year-old Bundaberg school girl Anna Webb on Friday, who succumbed to her injuries sustained in a crash on Heidkes Rd earlier in March.

Acting Insp Hoffmann said this year's road toll was four times more than the same time period last year.

"Injury crashes and non injury crashes are down, however our fatalities are up," he said.

"That's not good."

Acting Insp Hoffmann said there were three types of crashes - injury, non injury and fatal.

"It's really one of the same - it's only the severity of the crash that changes it," he said.

"There certainly could have been injury crashes and non injury crashes that could well have turned into fatalities.

"Certainly the severity of the crashes in our patrol group is more than this time last year."Acting Insp Hoffmann said losing just one life on our region's road was one too many.

"We think we are having an impact in stopping some crashes," he said.

"People need to pay attention 100% of the time and adhere to the Fatal 5.

"Their life depends on it, and the lives of other people depends on it."

Deaths on our roads in 2014

JANUARY 12: 21-year-old Rhogan Duke, from Bucca, died after couch surfing on the back of a ute at Coonaar Beach.

FEBRUARY 27: 28-year-old Kallangur motorcyclist killed after colliding with a cow near Monto.

MARCH 28: Double fatality at the intersection of Elliott Heads Rd and Hummock Rd. Darren (Wilba) DeMerlo, 44, from Innes Park and Danielle Veronica James, 31, from Three Chain Rd were killed in separate cars.

MAY 3: 61-year-old cyclist killed on Barolin St.

MAY 23: 17-year-old Anna Webb succumbed to her injuries following a crash on Heidkes Rd, Windermere, on the afternoon of March 24.

MAY 27: 28-year-old Travis Herschell died after a two-car smash near Gin Gin.

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