How a simple error cost three people their lives

A SMALL lapse in judgement is enough to kill on Queensland roads.

The horrific triple-fatal crash on the Warrego Hwy Friday night has cost three people their lives and more psychologically scarred after what police have called an "error of judgement".

Husband and wife John and Margaret Vines, and friend Dianne Greenham, had been on their way to a church meeting in Toowoomba when tragedy struck about 6.15pm.

Pulling out onto the 100kmh Warrego Hwy from Twidales Rd at Helidon Spa, their car collided with oncoming traffic.

Darling Downs District Inspector Mike Curtin said it was not for police to criticise the driver of the vehicle in which the three were travelling, but it was an example of how inattention and complacency can be a deadly mix while driving.

"They were good people going to a church meeting, and it's a tragic result for several families that one error of judgement has cost lives," he said.

"This is an example of when one error of judgement had cost three lives, and that error of judgement has been highlighted by the fact this is a major traffic route.

"There are slow vehicles coming on to a traffic route travelling at 100kmh so sound judgement, patience and common sense needs to be applied in all these circumstances."

Three people died in a crash on the Warrego Hwy near Toowoomba on Friday night.
Three people died in a crash on the Warrego Hwy near Toowoomba on Friday night. Nev Madsen

Statistics show more people are killed on the region's roads during September than any other month - a fact which has baffled police.

The region's road toll rested at 16 deaths yesterday, down two from last year.

Insp. Curtin said five people died on the region's roads in September last year, and five lives had been lost already this month.

"September has just been a horrific month with five deaths in 2014 and five so far this year," he said.

"That's over 30 per cent of all deaths occurring in September this year, and that's a concern."

Insp. Curtin said police typically had a high presence on the roads with Operation Spring Break launched on Friday which continues through to October 9.

"It's in your face - we're doing a lot of RBTs and other proactive strategies," he said.

"Our injury crashes are consistent with last year and while it is a good thing it is not increasing, it's not a good thing we are continuing to see the incidents.

"I think perhaps there's just a bit of complacency in our communities and people think that if a fatal doesn't happen to me or I don't know them, they don't take it seriously."

The state's road toll yesterday rested at 169, up seven on last year.



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