Cruel carving left on tree as tragic crash is investigated
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THE Easter break ended in tragedy with a 35-year-old Bundaberg man dying after his car smashed into a tree and a cause for the crash is yet to be determined.
Bundaberg police senior sergeant Mike McLellan said the single-vehicle incident occurred on a 100kmh, unsealed - dirt and gravel - section of Hummock Rd about 11.30am on Sunday.
"He's veered to the wrong side of the road and hit a gum tree," Sgt McLellan said.
The man was driving a white Mazda 121 sedan.
Bundaberg woman Janice Williams was the first to arrive at the screen and described what she saw as "horrific".
Ms Williams is a registered nurse, has lived on the road for 10 years and was driving home when she came across the smash.
"I tried to do what I could," she said.
"I was just very happy when I saw the red and blue lights coming down the road."
The man was transported to Bundaberg Hospital but Sgt McLellan said he died just hours later, about 3pm.
"Police are still investigating the cause of it, it's yet to be determined," Sgt McLellan said.
"They'll probably look at speed limit, what may have caused the incident, it's very hard to determine. He may have fallen asleep or had a medical condition, it's just uncertain at this time really."
He said these details may come to light following the autopsy.
"There's a number of factors police are investigating," he said.
"Whether he was a drug user, affected by drugs or took some sleeping tablets, they'll be able to be determined by the autopsy."
In a horror twist to the fatal smash, words were yesterday carved into the Hummock Rd gum tree.
"Haha d***head LOL!," the carving read.
Ms Williams said the words were carved after the accident and on seeing them, described the act as "horrific".