FATAL: A 27-year-old driver was declared deceased at the scene.
FATAL: A 27-year-old driver was declared deceased at the scene. Tessa Mapstone

Fatal crash claims life of new husband

A NEWLY married couple had their world ripped apart after a horror single-car crash in Gayndah on Sunday.

The male occupant of the car died and his female passenger received injuries in the crash, which happened about 3.30pm.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the husband and wife had only been married for 12 months.

"The driver, a 27-year-old man, was declared deceased at the scene,” the QAS spokesman said.

"The woman sustained minor injuries.”

A Queensland Police Service spokesman said initial investigations revealed a four-wheel drive was travelling on Gayndah-Mt Perry Rd near Mingo Crossing when the driver lost control.

"The vehicle was travelling in a southerly direction when it lost control and rolled before colliding with a tree,” the QPS spokesman said.

"A 28-year-old woman who was a passenger in the vehicle was taken to Gayndah Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”

Police said the man was from Palm Beach on the Gold Coast.

Investigations are continuing.

This year, the Wide Bay Burnett has recorded 24 fatalities on its roads.

The latest crash takes the figure to 25.

The region has the highest number of fatalities when compared to the Sunshine Coast (17), Mackay (18) and Capricornia (14).

With the festive season almost here and more people expected to be travelling over the holidays, local police are pleading with drivers to take extra care.

Senior Constable Carl Grotaers encouraged motorists to plan for their journey.

"Make sure drivers are well rested and take regular rest breaks to stay focused,” he said.

"Fatigue can sneak up on you, recognise the signs of fatigue and tiredness.

"Have plans and activities to keep the kids occupied, amused and calm.

"Stay patient and maintain a safe following distance, and remember the fatal five.”



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