Man dies in crash; parents in car

A 62-YEAR-OLD man had the worst birthday of his life yesterday after a car crash at Curra, south of Tiaro, left him without his son.

A witness said the car hurtled off the side of the road, through a barbed wire fence and into a paddock on Purcell Road, after the driver appeared to have a “turn”.

He said the car spun around before crashing into a tree and bursting into flames.

Inside was the driver believed to be in his mid to late 20s, his mother, 61, in the passenger seat and his father, who turned 62 yesterday, in the rear.

A passer-by who saw the car on fire flagged down Gympie man Darren Cross. The pair saw the father had opened a rear door and was trying to escape the flames.

After seeing the woman, who had slight injuries, was clear of the vehicle, they rushed back to move the man, who had a fractured leg, further away.

By the time Mr Cross returned to try to save the driver flames were licking the side of the vehicle. He couldn't open the driver's door so he kicked a hole in the window but the fire was too intense for him to free the man. “It was just too hot,” he said.

Firefighters battled the blaze for about 40 minutes, then stayed longer to prevent it flaring up.

Gympie ambulance officers took the dead man's parents to Gympie Hospital.

Maryborough police are investigating.

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