Fraser's sand road claims life

The wrecked 4WD after the rollover on Fraser Island yesterday when a Japanese tourist died.
The wrecked 4WD after the rollover on Fraser Island yesterday when a Japanese tourist died.

A JAPANESE tourist is dead and seven others are recovering in hospital following a 4WD rollover on the eastern side of Fraser Island yesterday.

The vehicle flipped north of the Dundabura camping area at 9.40am when the driver swerved to avoid undulations in the sand.

A male passenger died at the scene and two men, including the male driver, had to be flown to the Royal Brisbane Hospital for urgent treatment.

Four others were flown to Hervey Bay Hospital with serious injuries and a fifth sustained only minor injuries.

The group, all aged in their 20s, were holiday makers from Japan. A number of them were believed to have been thrown from the vehicle during the rollover.

Yesterday’s incident was the 43rd serious car accident on the island in the past six years and came less than a week after the Queensland Government delayed laws affecting 4WD hire companies on the island.

The new laws, due to come into effect this month, will reduce the number of passengers allowed in vehicles and will ban loads on roofs.

The new rules have come in response to an accident earlier this year in which two tourists were killed.

Transport Minister Rachel Nolan extended the deadline to allow 4WD operators more time to make their vehicles compliant.

The rollover also adds weight to calls from Fraser Island locals who say that the roads that criss-cross the island have become “sand traps” and need to be fixed.

Fraser Island Taxi service owner Lisa Walker believes it’s only a matter of time before the high tide road from Hook Point claims a life.

“It’s not just soft – it’s dangerous – and the corrugations are really bad,” she said.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the rollover.

Watch Ten News' coverage on

Meet the travel nurses who are living the dream

Travelling nurses Rachel Sullivan and Samuel Martin.

The couple started a blok to record their experiences.

Injuries after two-car crash in Torquay

Police carPhoto: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Two drivers were injured in the crash.

UPDATE: Power has been restored to thousands of homes

There is a power outage across the Fraser Coast.

More than 10,000 people were left without power.

Local Partners

Zumba for kids to start this month in Hervey Bay

Mother-of-three and dance instructor Peta Whitney knows the cost of raising a family and wants to help Hervey Bay families keep active on a budget.

Working class? Man, Gympie's got the show for you

Jimmy Barnes

Aussie rock icons coming to Gympie for 150th celebrations.

Tables turn as rescue crew takes on gruelling mountain

EPIC CHALLENGE: Hundreds of runners will tackle the 4.2km run from the heart of Pomona to the top of Mt Cooroora and back on Sunday.

They are usually the people coming to the rescue of adventurers

Artists to hit the stage for Childers Festival

LIVE LINE-UP: Mzaza will hit the stage at the Childers Festival next weekend, along with many other cultural performers.

Array of cultural performances on show next weekend

Home Alone actor John Heard dies aged 72

ACTOR John Heard has died according to reports.

What's on the small screen this week

Matty J and Osher Gunsberg in a scene from The Bachelor.

WINNERS will be crowned on MasterChef and Australian Ninja Warrior.

Beauty blogger’s horribly racist product review

Popular beauty blogger run off the internet for racist comment

Outrage as Ninja Warrior cuts Australia's fittest man

Adelaide’s James Newbury was mysteriously cut from the Ninja Warrior broadcast.

Australia's fittest man wasn’t good enough for Ninja Warrior.

Maggie's whirlwind trip around Japan

Maggie Beer pictured in a scene from her TV special Maggie in Japan.

Cooking icon serves up the best of Japanese cuisine in new TV show.

Exploring our complex relationship with the Southern Cross

Warwick Thornton in a scene from his documentary film We Don't Need A Map.

Filmmaker Warwick Thornton explores national identity, nationalism.

Ben will be cooking with Oma

Masterchef 2017 contestant Ben Ungermann.

MASTERCHEF'S last man standing will draw on his Dutch heritage.

Mum buys $900,000 apartment for her 8-year-old son

Tania Katsanis beat another couple of homeowners to secure the winning bid.

The apartment was a 'bargain' as the property market bottoms out

Townhouses planned for Nicklin Way site

CBRE's Brendan Robins and Rem Rafter on site at Wurtulla.

Prime 1.5ha Sunshine Coast property set for town homes development

Owner tells of ghostly goings on at old Mackay pub

GHOST STORIES: Several people have died at the Mirani Hotel

Owner says pub is 'definitely haunted'