Mike Knott

Third death in ten days

A 20-YEAR-OLD man died when his dirt bike collided with a ute on Voss Rd, North Gregory, Tuesday morning.

The crash was a continuation of the horror stretch on the region's roads - the third fatality in the past 10 days - and came on the day friends and family were laying 17-year-old Shalom College graduate Jordan Page to rest after he died in a crash last weekend.

The man died at the scene when his bike collided head-on with a ute about 7am on a dirt section of the quiet country road.

The ute driver was not injured at the scene, but was taken to Bundaberg Hospital, visibly shaken.

Bundaberg police Superintendent Rowan Bond said the dirt bike the man had been driving was unregistered.

It is believed the biker died on impact.

"Some people tried to render some first aid at the scene before emergency crews could arrive, but were unable to resuscitate him," Supt Bond said.

He said the people who had tried to help lived nearby and had responded to the ute driver's calls for assistance.

Supt Bond said it was not clear what had caused the crash, but the incident was under investigation.

The crash comes as police statewide are urging drivers to take care during the Christmas season, and follows a string of fatalities on the region's roads.

Jordan died on Three Chain Rd on December 4, and a 29-year-old Agnes Water woman died on Saturday night when she rolled her car on Anderson Way, Agnes Water.

Supt Bond said the tragedies were horrific reminders for people to take care on the roads.

"We have three families who are needlessly sharing grief over the Christmas holidays," he said.

"We need to ensure that people are heeding that warning."

Police across the state have been out in force since the Christmas Road Safety Campaign was officially launched last Wednesday.

The safety message aims to ensure drivers avoid the fatal four - driving tired, speeding, drink driving and travelling without a seatbelt.



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