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DNA needed to identify pair killed in fiery crash

A double fatlaity on the Bruce Hwy just north of Hut Creek caused traffic chaos in both directions on Saturday, December 6.
A double fatlaity on the Bruce Hwy just north of Hut Creek caused traffic chaos in both directions on Saturday, December 6. Ebony Battersby

A GLOVE box that flew out of a crashed car before it caught alight may hold the identity of two people killed in a fiery crash at Mt Larcom on Saturday.

The Chinese tourists were on holidays, travelling southward to Sydney in a rental car when a two-and-a-half tonne steel pipe fell off a truck and crashed through their windscreen.

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The sedan then caught alight, leaving a scene of devastation just north of Huts Creek.

Putting the pieces together from the horrific car accident has now fallen into the hands of forensic crash unit investigators in Calliope and Rockhampton.

Positive identification is expected to take a matter of weeks due to the badly burnt condition of the bodies.

Police must now liaise with Chinese authorities in a bid to make contact with the assumed relatives.

Acting Sergeant Michael Hollett was on the scene gathering information that would allow a family to begin its grieving process.

"Identifying the bodies will not happen overnight," he said.

"We have located passports in the glove box that had broken loose from the vehicle before it caught alight.

"We have to confirm that the passports do actually belong to the deceased and the only likely way of doing that is through DNA testing."

Once contact is made, relatives will submit DNA samples to positively confirm the identities of the deceased.

New South Wales police are also on board with the investigation, tracking down the rental car hire paperwork lodged in Sydney.

Topics:  accident, crash, editors picks, fatality, mt larcom, road toll




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