Police and emergency services load the wreck of Wendy-Anne Marsden’s Toyota Camry on to a tow truck, after she was killed in a collision on the Bruce Highway yesterday.
Police and emergency services load the wreck of Wendy-Anne Marsden’s Toyota Camry on to a tow truck, after she was killed in a collision on the Bruce Highway yesterday. Elise Cottam

Woman dies in horror smash

GAYNDAH is mourning the loss of a dedicated community volunteer who was killed when her car and a semi-trailer collided at Apple Tree Creek yesterday morning.

Queensland Red Cross chief executive Greg Goebel paid tribute to the work Wendy-Anne Marsden, 65, had done for her community over the years.

“Mrs Marsden was one of our most dedicated volunteers, joining Red Cross in 1998 and serving as both secretary and treasurer of the Gayndah branch of Red Cross,” he said.

“She had just returned from Mission Beach, where she had been assisting people affected by Cyclone Yasi.”

Mr Goebel said Mrs Marsden was a “tireless” volunteer who had recently been awarded her 10-year service medal.

“Staff and volunteers of Red Cross are very much saddened by her passing,” Mr Goebel said.

“She will be very much missed.”

A fellow Red Cross member said Mrs Marsden was a keen volunteer and a member of the CWA and the hospital auxiliary on top of her Red Cross duties.

“If we had a function or needed something done, Wendy was always there to do it,” she said.

“I’ve known her for a good few years.

“We’d see each other a couple of times a week.”

She described Mrs Marsden as “happy-go-lucky”.

Bundaberg police Inspector Kev Guteridge said early investigations into the crash showed it occurred as a result of driver error.

“It appears the woman has failed to stop at a sign, and has driven into the path of the truck,” Insp Guteridge said.

The truck driver, a man in his 50s, was trapped in the wreckage for a short time, but was not believed to have suffered serious injury.

He was later treated for shock.

Insp Guteridge urged drivers to obey rules and road conditions, and said it was disappointing to have to record the region’s first fatal crash of 2011.

“We’d managed to go 53 days so far this year without a loss of a life,” he said.

Despite a fatal crash at the same intersection that claimed the life of Isis mother Emma Hulbert-Gibbin in November 2009, Insp Guteridge said the flyover was not a crash hotspot.

“The two accidents at the same intersection are directly attributable to driver error and nothing else,” he said.

He said thousands of cars used the Apple Tree Creek flyover every day and it was not until “someone does the wrong thing that we encounter a problem”.

Insp Guteridge urged anyone who might have information on the crash to contact Bundaberg police.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the accident.

Did you know Mrs Marsden? Leave your comment or tribute below.



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