Horror weekend on rural roads

Three killed in three separate accidents


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A two-vehicle traffic crash at Ironpot near Rockhampton on Sunday morning claimed the life of a nine-year-old girl and left a six-year-old boy in a critical condition.

A two-vehicle traffic crash at Ironpot near Rockhampton on Sunday morning claimed the life of a nine-year-old girl and left a six-year-old boy in a critical condition.

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It's been a horror weekend on rural roads, with three people dying in three separate incidents.

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It's been a horror weekend on rural roads, with three people dying in three separate incidents. 

A two-vehicle traffic crash at Ironpot near Rockhampton on Sunday morning claimed the life of a nine-year-old girl and left a six-year-old boy in a critical condition.

The boy was airlifted to Queensland's Children Hospital in Brisbane with life-threatening injuries, while the other occupants of both vehicles were transported to the Rockhampton Base Hospital.

Later that afternoon, two women and a teenage boy were travelling on the Barkly Highway when the vehicle they were travelling in overturned, 30kms east of Camooweal.

A passenger, a 24-year-old woman from Underwood, was pronounced deceased at the scene, while the second passenger, a 17-year-old boy from Ormeau, sustained non life-threatening injuries.

The driver, a 29-year-old woman from Mount Cotton, was airlifted to Mount Isa Hospital in a stable condition.

On Saturday morning, a 38-year-old woman was killed when a tree fell on the vehicle she was driving on the Gillies Highway, south of Cairns. 

The passenger, a 26-year-old man from Bayview Heights, was transported by rescue helicopter to Cairns Base hospital in a stable condition.

Queensland Police Service assistant commissioner Mike Keating said investigations by the Forensic Crash Unit were continuing in relation to the crashes on the weekend, and anyone with information was urged to contact police.

"Any death on Queensland roads is a tragedy and the deaths of three people on the weekend reinforces the impact that road trauma can have on the community," he said.

"One moment of inattention, one bad decision to race a red light or to go over the speed limit could mean life in a wheelchair, painful operations, permanent health issues, or even worse."

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