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COMMENT: Effects of road tragedy are far-reaching

WHENEVER there is a fatality on our roads, it's a stark reminder of how things can change in an instant.

Today (Wednesday) a Sunshine Coast family is grieving for a mother, sister and grandmother.

But it's not just family who are affected by these tragedies, which we continue to see far too frequently in the Bundaberg region.

Tuesday's crash had emergency services personnel attend a scene where a colleague was one of the injured.

It couldn't have been easy for them, but I have no doubt that they got stuck in and got the job done.

But it is a reminder of the courage and dedication of our emergency workers.

They are our next door neighbours, they share a laugh and drink with us at the local and in a blink they can turn from a carefree mate to a highly specialised emergency officer.

We should never underestimate the work they perform and their value to this community.

Their job is one many of us would never volunteer to do, but thankfully they put their hand up for it.

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