Driver to give evidence today
THE DRIVER of a 4WD that crashed on Fraser Island, killing a Japanese tourist, will describe the accident at an inquest today.
A hired Landcruiser carrying eight Japanese tourists overturned on the island’s eastern beach earlier this month, killing a man and injuring his travelling companions.
It is believed the driver swerved to avoid a hazard on the sand.
The inquest has been urgently convened to secure the evidence of the driver before his return to Japan.
State Coroner Michael Barnes is due to begin the inquest at the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning.
There have been 41 serious 4WD accidents on the island between 2003 and 2009, with the majority involving foreign drivers and an even larger portion involving vehicles with more than nine seats.
The government was due to bring in tougher regulations regarding troop carriers in 2010 but is now considering whether those restrictions need to be toughened up further.