Police look into mystery of crash

POLICE will try and unravel the mystery of how a 19-year-old Emerald labourer lost control of his car in a fatal crash at Duaringa late Thursday.

Jesse Jones died when the Holden sedan he was driving left a stretch of the Capricorn Highway and rolled near Mackenzie Park.

Duaringa police officer-in-charge Sergeant Paul James said there was no early indication of what caused the tragedy.

It was the first road fatality in 27 months in the Duaringa division following a spat of horror crashes in 2008.

A passenger, also aged 19, was taken to Rockhampton Hospital suffering minor injuries.

Sergeant James said it appeared the deceased was a trainee labourer, heading from Emerald back to his home town, Bundaberg.

“It’s almost impossible to ascertain the cause at this point in time,” Sergeant James said.

“There is no indication of any braking ... whether the corner came on quicker than he realised, I don’t know.”

Locals said the section of road is 80kmh and conditions were dry.

Sergeant James said police maintain a high presence on the district’s roads.

“Drivers need to be constantly aware on the roads and also not to drive tired,” Sergeant James said.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

The death is the 29th road fatality in the Central region this year – 18 less than for the corresponding period last year.

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