Standing beside the new turn-off from the Bruce Hwy in to Old Gympie Rd, John Penttila said words could not express how happy be was to see the road was finally made safer for drivers, after his father Esko and partner Aini Martikainen lost their lives when their car was hit from behind while they waited to turn off the deadly road.
Standing beside the new turn-off from the Bruce Hwy in to Old Gympie Rd, John Penttila said words could not express how happy be was to see the road was finally made safer for drivers, after his father Esko and partner Aini Martikainen lost their lives when their car was hit from behind while they waited to turn off the deadly road.

Glenorchy Straight's upgrade will save countless lives

THE SON of a man who lost his life in a horrific car crash along the Glenorchy Straight two years ago says his dad's legacy will live on through the upgrade to make the road safer.

Standing beside the new turn-off from the Bruce Hwy in to Old Gympie Rd, John Penttila said words could not express how happy be was to see the road was finally made safer for drivers, after his father Esko and partner Aini Martikainen lost their lives when their car was hit from behind while they waited to turn off the deadly road.

"Time has passed and I still feel crook thinking about it," Mr Penttila said.

"My father fought for this upgrade for a long time and so did I."

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While he doesn't care for politics, Mr Penttila said he wanted to think the federal and state members who made the decision and put forward the $5.2m funding to upgrade the road.

"I want to thank Warren Truss and Anne Maddern for making this happen," Mr Penttila said.

Deputy Prime Minister and federal member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said the death of Mr Penttila's father had caused the road's latest upgrade to become a top priority.

"The upgrade was in the pipeline for a long time," Mr Truss said.

"I think it was that horrific fatal that caused a catalyst in the community."



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