FATAL: Police confirm speed a factor in driveway crash

UPDATE 10AM: POLICE have confirmed speed was a factor to the fatal crash which took the life of a 63-year-old Dundowran man on Burrum Heads-Pialba Rd on Tuesday evening.

Maryborough Patrol Group Senior Sergeant Tony McCarthy said initial investigations had indicated that speed was a contributing factor.


"It was certainly speed related," he said.


The Dundowran man had been turning out of the driveway of the Craignish Country Club when he and another car collided.

A 44-year-old man, who was driving the other car, was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

A spokesman for Hervey Bay Hospital said the man was now in a serious yet stable condition.

It is believed the crash damaged a Telstra box and powerlines.

The crash comes just days after Fraser Coast police launched their annual Christmas road safety campaign.

"We have started our Christmas campaign targeting speed and the Fatal Five," Sgt McCarthy said.

The Fatal Five also includes not wearing a seat belt, driving tired, drink or drug driving and driving distracted.

The Forensic Crash Unit are continuing to investigate the crash.

If you have any information call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Police Link on 131 444.

UPDATE 9.30AM: A FORENSIC Crash unit are continuing their investigations today at the scene of a fatal accident that killed one man and left another man seriously injured on Tuesday night.

A 63-year-old driving a red Mazda was killed after a four-wheel-drive collided with his car about 6pm on Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd near Petersen Rd.

Maryborough Road Policing Unit Officer-In-Charge Senior Sergeant Tony McCarthy said he believed speed was a factor.

At the scene of the Craignish collision, Sergeant McCarthy said the Mazda car driven by the 63-year-old Dundowran man was hit in the driver's side when it pulled out of a driveway onto  Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd.

He said the car which collided with the Mazda vehicle's driver's side was believed at the time to have been speeding.

Craignish Fire Station auxiliary fire fighter captain Peter Ward said cardio pulmonary resuscitation was performed by a member of his crew on the Dundowran man when they first arrived at the scene.

The two men were the sole occupants of the vehicles.

The surviving man was transported to Hervey Bay Hospital with serious injuries.

Hervey Bay Fire Station officer Neil Probert said two fire crews attended, as well as police and ambulance officers.

The Pialba-Burrum Heads Road was closed for several hours between Petersen and Sawmill roads, with diversions in place for motorists.

The Forensic Crash Unit was at the scene last night investigating the cause of the crash.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Police Link on 131 444.

UPDATE 8.45PM: Police believe a car was reversing out of a driveway when a fatal crash happened at Craignish.

The crash left one man dead and another seriously injured.

Police said one of the cars then hit a Telstra box.

It is believe the injured man was taken to hospital with a fractured leg.

EARLIER: One person has been killed and another seriously hurt in a crash at Craignish about 6pm tonight.

Police are currently at the scene of the fatal two vehicle crash.

Initial information suggests at 6pm, a four-wheel-drive and a car collided on Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd near Petersen Rd.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene.

A man has been transported to Hervey Bay Hospital with serious injuries.

Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd is closed between Petersen and Sawmill roads with diversions in place.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.


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