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Trailbike tragedy as dad sees son, 30, die in crash

A FATHER watched his son's final moments after his trail bike collided with a Land Cruiser in a horrific crash at Owanyilla.

The Fraser Coast man, 30, died instantly after the collision on Boundary Rd East about 2pm Wednesday.

Paramedics tried to resuscitate the man with CPR for quite some time but were unsuccessful.

The crash occurred about 4km away from where the road intersects with the Bruce Hwy.

Maryborough police Acting Senior Sergeant Wayne Tincknell said the father and son were both riding motorbikes, heading toward the Bruce Hwy when they came across the LandCruiser on the crest of a hill.

"On coming to the crest of the hill the father was able to avoid the LandCruiser," he said.

"However, the deceased collided with the front of the LandCruiser which caused fatal injuries."

The road is a single lane gravel road, with thick bushland on either side.

Sgt Tincknell said police did not believe speed was a factor in the crash.

A trail bike ride is dead after a crash with a 4WD near Maryborough
A trail bike ride is dead after a crash with a 4WD near Maryborough Valerie Horton

"It was just an unfortunate accident," he said.

"As you can see it's a single lane dirt road and the accident occurred right on the crest of the hill of the road."

No one else was injured in the crash.

Police have confirmed they do not believe speed was a factor in the crash.

Paramedics spoke to the driver of the LandCruiser but he declined to be taken to hospital.

It is understood the bike was significantly damaged in the crash and the LandCruiser also sustained some minor damage.

A second, undamaged trail bike, was parked at the scene a few metres away from the crash.

The man's father and the driver of the LandCruiser were assisting police with their investigations at the scene yesterday afternoon.

The Forensic Crash Unit was also on the scene.

Police are continuing to investigate and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Snr Sgt Tincknell warned drivers to practice vigilance when on the road.

"At this time of the year with the school holidays finishing, some people are heading back, remember the Fatal Five," he said.

"In country areas you have to be aware of dirt roads like this and other motorists using the road."

The Fatal Five includes speeding, driving tired, drink and drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt and driving distracted.

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