Sister of man killed thanks emergency workers
THE sister of the man killed in an accident on Gladstone Benaraby Rd on Thursday afternoon has thanked emergency services and police who attended to her brother and other family members.
The deceased man has been identified as Graeme Walker, 55. He lived in Gladstone and worked for Bechtel.
Posting on Facebook last night, Mr Walker's sister Corinne Willis said her brother had been known as Marbo to his friends and work colleagues.
"He did have a heart problem, and this may have contributed to the accident," she wrote.
"To the people in the other vehicle, I am so very glad that you guys were not physically hurt. I know the emotional scars will take longer to heal."
Ms Willis thanked emergency workers who attended to her brother, and the police officers who informed family members of the death.
She asked for privacy so the family could grieve in peace.
Mr Walker died after a crash on Gladstone Benaraby Rd, a road already littered with crosses from previous fatalities.
Police said Mr Walker was travelling south on a motorcycle when he collided with a four-wheel-drive travelling northbound.
Police believe the motorcyclist crossed into oncoming traffic at 1.15pm.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 54-year-old woman, the driver of the four-wheel-drive, was taken to Gladstone Hospital with minor injuries.
Gladstone Benaraby Rd was closed for about four hours, opening again at 5.30pm.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.
THURSDAY: Gladstone Benaraby Rd remains closed with traffic being diverted.
A tow truck is at the scene, and once both vehicles have been removed, the road will be re-opened.
Gladstone police have asked motorists to keep an eye on the Queensland Police Service Facebook page here for traffic updates.
Police also have advised motorists to avoid the area.
An onlooker at the scene said the front right-hand tyre of the four-wheel-drive had been ripped backwards by the impact.
The motorcycle is lying in bushland off the side of the road.
Police aren't ready to confirm if a person had died in the incident.
Emergency services are at the scene, as well as Forensic Crash Unit officers, and are expected to remain there for the rest of the day.
People travelling between Gladstone and Tannum Sands should divert via Calliope (Dawson Hwy).
The incident occurred at the Gladstone Benaraby Road and Kirkwood Road intersection at 1.15pm.
Gladstone Benaraby Road is closed to all inbound and outbound traffic.
Gladstone Police said roads were blocked at Kirkwood Rd heading out to the Dawson Hwy through Calliope and back to Tannum Sands, and out to the Boyne roundabout.
Sgt Peter Stone also urged motorists not to continue along Glenlyon Rd past the Kirkwood Rd intersection.
"The road is not designed for excessive traffic," he said.
"There's a road there that gets people back out onto Benaraby Rd and it's clogged up. It's going to cause issues in the end if people keep using it."
Gladstone Regional Council is expected to have its own diversion there shortly to direct traffic.