Highway crash kills two locals



THE Gladstone indigenous community was in mourning yesterday after two of its members were killed in a car accident north of Mackay on Sunday.

James Maliene Johnson, 32, of Gladstone, and Darnell James Ingra-Cora, 4, of Boyne Island, were killed in the three-vehicle accident that occurred about 70km north of Mackay. James and Darnell were travelling with three other passengers in a station wagon when it collided first with a truck, and then with a four-wheel-drive about 1.40pm.

Darnell's father, Conrad Ingra, 33, also of Boyne Island, was injured in the accident and taken to Proserpine Hospital where he was in a stable condition yesterday.

He suffered lacerations to the scalp and right arm. Kalloom Johnson, 4, of Gladstone, was in a stable condition at Mackay Base Hospital. He suffered chest injuries.

Josiah Hollingsworth, 9, of Cairns, was released from Proserpine Hospital suffering minor bruising yesterday. He was in the care of relatives.

The drivers of the truck and the four-wheel-drive were uninjured.

They were the only people in their vehicles. Calen Police Sergeant Zane Male said passengers in the station wagon were travelling on their way back to Gladstone from Cairns. 'At this stage we are still attributing the accident to the wet weather,' Sgt Male said.



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