The injured son is carried to the Energex helicopter.
The injured son is carried to the Energex helicopter.

Crash kills Dad

By GREG CHAPMAN

TRAGEDY struck the region's roads again on the weekend when a 49-year-old Kin Kin man was killed and his teenage son injured when their car veered off the Bruce Highway at Apple Tree Creek.

Gregory Harold Cook and his 16-year-old son were driving from Kin Kin to Mt Perry to compete in a woodchooping competition when the car left the road about 9am Saturday.

Police are still investigating the accident and an autopsy is expected to be conducted today on Mr Cook's body to try and determine the cause of the crash.

His son remains in Bundaberg Base Hospital with suspected spinal injuries.

Childers police Constable Fred Foster said the accident happened 2km north of the Apple Tree Creek road works.

"Witnesses said the car just wandered off to the left, crashed into a few trees and went airborne before it landed upside down,'' Cnst Foster said.

"They said he may have been alive for a short time, but was deceased by the time ambulance officers arrived.''

The car caught fire, but two police officers on their way back to Brisbane from training in Rockhampton stopped and put out the fire with extinguishers.

Police closed both lanes of the Bruce Highway for several hours.

Mr Cook's son was airlifted by the Energex Community Rescue Helicopter to Bundaberg hospital, but he has been unable to tell police how the accident happened.

His mother and two brothers were in Bundaberg by the boy's side yesterday.

The fatality is the sixth death on Bundaberg region's roads in the past month.

Cnst Foster said police were called to another accident at 7.30pm on Luckett's and Goodwood roads.

"Five lads were returning to Brisbane from Bundaberg and there was a lot of gravel on the road and they lost control,'' he said.

"They were dazzled by the lights and moved off the road, but not knowing the area, they went into a culvert.''

All five were taken to Childers Hospital and then onto Bundaberg Base Hospital.

Four were later released overnight, but one remains in hospital as a precautionary measure.

A truck and a car collided on North South Road, near Apple Tree Creek about 10.20am yesterday, but no one was injured.



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