Much-loved young man killed in car crash

Callum Ryan.
Callum Ryan.

GLADSTONE lost a fine young man well before his time on Thursday night.

Twenty-year-old Callum Ryan was killed when the car he was in and a truck collided near Stanwell.

The former Toolooa State High School student was in the vehicle with two of his Aurizon workmates, who also died in the accident.

Callum was known in the community as a helpful young man and a pleasure to be around.

He loved sport and followed rugby league, rugby, American football and basketball.

A member of the 2014 Valleys Reserves premiership winning side, he was loved by his whole club and community.

Valleys president Danny Hess said he was a fine example of what a young man should be.

"He was a real pleasure to be around and to every person he spoke to," he said.

"No one ever said a bad word about him. He helped out and was so likable. Just a pleasure to be around and be associated with.

"It's obviously devastating news, not so much for the club, but the community. Our hearts and condolences go out to and the family."

The Ryan family is devastated and Callum's many friends in Gladstone are shocked at his untimely death.

Neighbour speaks out about death trap road

CAPRICORN Hwy resident Janette Starr lives near "a deathtrap".

The trap in question is a sweeping left-hand bend outside her home, on the Capricorn Hwy, 5km west of Stanwell.

It's the same bend where she heard Thursday night's fatal crash between a b-double tanker carrying diesel and a work Prado transporting three men who were killed in the collision.

The three men were Gladstone's Callum Ryan and Rockhampton train drivers Neil Pettit and Maurice Dunbavan.

She claimed if the road was wider or had an overtaking lane, the crash could have been avoided.

Janette was just about to settle in for dinner about 7pm when she heard the collision.

She raced outside and saw the Prado on its roof.

Across the road were horrified Aurizon workers by the railway line watching on. The crash had unfolded before their eyes.

In the 20 or so years she has lived at her Stanwell property, there have been several crashes near her home.

But Thursday night's collision was the first fatal.

Only in recent years has the stretch of road outside her property become a dangerous drop-off point for Aurizon train drivers, she said.

Opposite her home are two "depots" where train drivers are dropped at work.

It's the roadway into the depots, and the lack of turning lanes into Janette's home, that concern her.

"There are no turning lanes that lead into the depots and sometimes there are vehicles flying towards you, from behind, and they have nowhere to overtake a turning vehicle," she said.

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