The motorcycle on which the rider was killed lies on the Capricorn Highway behind the 4WD vehicle it collided with. The rider’s father bought the motorcycle for him last Friday and the pair were riding west when the accident happened.
The motorcycle on which the rider was killed lies on the Capricorn Highway behind the 4WD vehicle it collided with. The rider’s father bought the motorcycle for him last Friday and the pair were riding west when the accident happened. Courtesy - Local News

Father sees son die in collision

UPDATE: A Brisbane man bought his son a Honda motorbike on Friday.

The next day the father watched in horror as emergency services scrambled to recover his 35-year-old son's body after the bike he was riding and a 4WD collided.

His son was killed instantly when his Honda motorcycle veered onto the wrong side of the road on the Capricorn Hwy, at Gogango.

The son collided with the 4WD Toyota which was towing a caravan, on an open, left-hand curve at the bottom of the Gogango range, about 46km from Duaringa.

Rockhampton Police Regional traffic co-ordinator Inspector Mike Curtin said the 35-year-old's father was riding a motorcycle slightly ahead of his son before the accident happened.

He said the pair were headed west.

Police said the accident took place about 11.35am.

The road was blocked for more than five hours as emergency services from Rockhampton and Gracemere tended to the scene.

A 65-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman were the occupants of the 4WD and were not injured.

They, along with the dead rider's father, were treated by ambulance staff for severe shock. A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the man died of multiple injuries.

Inspector Curtin said the circumstances around the accident were "traumatic".

He said it was believed the father and son entered the Capricorn Hwy via the Leichhardt Hwy.

"It was an unfortunate accident and we plead with the broader community to keep a focus on road safety with a view to addressing the amount of deaths on our roads in Central Queensland and other areas," he said.

The man was from the Brisbane suburb of Capalaba.

Police said the motorcyclist's family did not want to release the man's name at this stage.

 

EARLIER: A 35-year-old Capalaba man has been identified as the deceased from a fatal traffic crash on the Capricorn Highway near Duaringa on Saturday morning.

Around 11.30am, the man was riding a motorcycle westbound when he has collided with a four-wheel-drive vehicle towing a caravan travelling in the opposite direction.

The man was pronounced deceased at the scene while the two male occupants of the four-wheel-drive, a 65-year-old driver and a 61-year-old passenger, were not physically injured.

The highway was closed for a number of hours as a result of the crash while the scene was cleared and Forensic Crash Unit officers attended.

Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.



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