Man, 74, dies in Ring Rd crash

The wreckage of the car down the embankment on the Ring Road.
The wreckage of the car down the embankment on the Ring Road. Mike Knott

AN ELDERLY man is dead following a head-on crash with a semi-trailer on the Ring Rd on Thursday morning.

Initial investigations suggest the 74-year-old man, who was driving a pink Daihatsu Sirion, veered into the oncoming lane about 100m from the intersection of the Ring Rd and Kepnock Rd, and slammed into the truck.

Bundaberg police Superintendent Rowan Bond said the cause of the crash, which happened at 9.30am, was still under investigation.

"It appears that for some inexplicable reason, he has driven on to the wrong side of the road into the truck," he said.

Supt Bond said there had been no cause immediately obvious at the scene of the crash.

"The road was perfect. The weather was perfect," he said.

"We'll certainly be having a look at his medical history."

Queensland Ambulance Service Bundaberg officer-in-charge Steve Wheeler said paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.

"He had passed away by the time we arrived," he said.

"We transported the driver of the truck to Bundaberg Hospital as a precautionary measure."

Mr Wheeler said the 39-year-old woman driving the Turners Transport truck was treated for shock.

Kepnock resident Mary Walsh raised her concerns about the safety of that stretch of the Ring Rd, saying the configuration was poor and there had already been serious accidents there in the past year.

"Sirens are continually blaring along the Ring Rd," she said.

"It's something we, as residents, have had to learn to live with."

Mrs Walsh and other residents had campaigned to reduce the speed limit to 60kmh before Kepnock Rd East and the Ring Rd junction, where it is now 80kmh.

"We've been knocked back. Someone needs to start listening to the people who live in the area," she said.

Supt Bond said Thursday's crash served as a timely reminder.

"People need to be very, very careful on the roads," he said. "That's two fatals we've had in one week."

Alaine Vaneta Politis, 53, died after her Hyundai Excel collided with another car after she performed a U-turn on George St last Tuesday night.

She was taken to Bundaberg Hospital, where she later died.


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