Woman, 80, killed, in head-on crash with police car

The scene of the tragic crash on Rosedale Rd.
The scene of the tragic crash on Rosedale Rd.

UPDATE 6pm: A SUNSHINE Coast family's camping trip to Agnes Water has ending in tragedy after an 80-year-old woman was killed in a head-on crash with a police car.

On the way home, the woman's son was travelling in convoy a few cars ahead and witnessed the crash in his rear vision mirror.

Well-known South Kolan Senior Constable Dan Lukan was also injured in the collision; he was flown by the RACQ CareFlight Rescue Chopper to Royal Brisbane Women and Children's Hospital with non-life threatening leg injuries

Bundaberg police Inspector Kev Guteridge said shortly before 11am on Tuesday the police car was conducting patrols 40km north of Bundaberg on Rosedale Rd.

"At that time a silver Ford Falcon was seen to drift across the roadway in front of the police vehicle," he said.

"The police officer's attempted to take evasive action and attempted to get off the roadway; unfortunately the vehicle's continued across the lane and collided with him.

"Tragically as a result of that an 80-year-old lady has lost her life at the scene and the police officer's been taken to Brisbane with non-life threatening injures.

"These are tragic circumstances; the family members of the deceased lady were actually travelling with her in convoy and were a couple of vehicles ahead at the time of the collision."

FATAL CRASH: A 80-year-old woman was killed in a crash involving a police car on Rosedale Road on Monday, 2 November 2015. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
FATAL CRASH: A 80-year-old woman was killed in a crash involving a police car on Rosedale Road on Monday, 2 November 2015. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Inspector Guteridge said it was difficult for police to respond to any serious crash, especially when it involved one of their own.

"We're very, very grateful the fact that our officer is alive and at this stage sustained fairly minor injures by comparison. Fortunately he was paying very close attention to what was going on on the road otherwise the consequences could have been far more severe for us," he said.

Inspect Guteridge said the investigation would include an autopsy and forensic examination of the scene to try to determine what caused the crash.

"Obviously this is going to be a very complex investigation. We believe that the lady was well rested and we have spoken to family members about that," he said.

The Ethical Standards Command are overviewing the investigation.

Queensland Ambulance Services senior operations supervisor Martin Kelly said crews from Bundaberg and Agnes Water responded to find the woman deceased and Snr Const Lukan out of his police car.

"He was fully assessed and found to have chest injuries and a knee injury which was causing him significant pain," he said.

FATAL CRASH: RACQ Careflight helicopter airlifted a policeman who was involved in a fatal crash on Rosedale Road on Monday, 2 November 2015. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
FATAL CRASH: RACQ Careflight helicopter airlifted a policeman who was involved in a fatal crash on Rosedale Road on Monday, 2 November 2015. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Mr Kelly said the circumstances of the crash were difficult for all involved.

"It's difficult, these are our comrades, we work very closely with the police and the Fire and Emergency Services at these types of incidents all the time and it's very difficult for our crews to attend when you come across someone that you do know," he said.

"But also to meet the family who unfortunately witnessed the accident. The son looked back in the rear a vision mirror and actually saw the accident happen.

"So while it's distressing for us as emergency services workers, we also recognise how terrible this is for this poor lady's family."


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UPDATE 2pm: A CAMPING trip has ended in tragedy for a Sunshine Coast Family after a fatal crash on Rosedale Rd on Tuesday morning. 

An 80-year-old woman was killed when her car veered onto the wrong side of the road and collided head-on with a police car. 

It is believed her family were travelling in a convoy a few cars ahead following a camping trip at Agnes Water. 

The officer in the police car, well-known Senior Constable Dan Lukan, tried to take evasive action but sustained injuries including a broken leg and was flown to the Royal Brisbane Women and Children's Hospital. 

All emergency services are currently on the scene with traffic diversions in place.

Ethical Standards Command are overviewing the investigation.

Senior Constable Dan Lukan (photo: file).
Senior Constable Dan Lukan (photo: file).

UPDATE 12.45pm: A man has been lifted into a helicopter in a stable condition but with knee and chest injuries following a serious traffic crash on Rosedale Rd. 

Crews were called to the scene around 10.55am on Monday.

Queensland Ambulance officer Martin Kelly said the man would be flown to hospital. 

"We've got a doctor and a couple of critical care paramedics on scene," he said. 

EARLIER: Rosedale Road in the vicinity of Mullet Creek (Bundaberg) is closed due to a serious traffic crash.

The two-car smash, which involved a police car, has resulted in the death of an elderly woman. 

Police are calling for people to avoid the area or delay travel if possible. ‪

The crash follows a fatal crash at Miriam Vale on Friday.

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