Officer-in-charge of Kingaroy Police, Snr Sgt David Tierney

January 25, 2021

Police believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor in a crash which killed two men on the outskirts of Kingaroy in the early hours of Sunday.

Emergency services were called to the incident on the Bunya Highway at Taabinga just after 4:30am.

A Kia stationwagon with three men on board – all foreign nationals – was heading outbound after a trip into Kingaroy to buy cigarettes.

Officer-in-charge of Kingaroy Police, Senior Sergeant Dave Tierney, said the vehicle was negotiating a right hand bend on the highway when, for reasons unknown, it drifted left on to the gravel and grassed edge.

“It would appear the driver has then tried to correct the vehicle to return it on to the roadway,” Snr Sgt Tierney said.

“This action has caused the vehicle to lose traction and commence to slide across into the north-east bound lane.”

The Kia then left the highway, rolled once and landed on its roof before hitting a number of small trees and a secured fence straining post.

It finished up more than 20 metres off the highway.

The driver, a 34-year-old Taabinga man, and his passenger, a 39-year-old Kingaroy man, were pronounced dead at the scene by attending paramedics.

A 24-year-old man was transported to Kingaroy Hospital before being airlifted to the Sunshine Coast Hospital in a stable condition with non life-threatening injuries.


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