Daphne Ralphs.
Daphne Ralphs. Contributed

Widow in hospital after crashing near where husband died

THE widow of cricket personality Gordon Ralphs is in hospital after a car crash not far from where her husband died on the road 12 months ago.

On August 29 last year, the long-serving Queensland cricket administrator, Mr Ralphs, 72, died when his Australia Post van crashed into a grader at roadworks on Baralaba-Theodore Rd.

After her husband's death, his widow Daphne, 67, (pictured) took over that mail run.

But in a tragic turn of events for the Moura family and community, on mid-morning Monday she crashed her Australia Post van on the Baralaba-Woorabinda Rd.

Daphne Ralphs was airlifted to Rockhampton Hospital in a critical condition with fractures to her left ankle, left knee and left leg and suspected multiple-impact injuries to her chest, shoulder and neck, according to a Queensland Police spokesman.

"The van left the road and collided with a tree and the driver was entrapped," he said.

An Australia Post spokesman said Mrs Ralphs' condition had since improved, and had changed from critical to serious.

He also said alternative arrangements for the mail run had been put in place to enable Mrs Ralphs' family of four children, their partners and her grandchildren to be by her side.

Mrs Ralphs' close friend, Maureen Clancy, said it was a tough situation to take in, but that her children were "holding up".

"This isn't something this community wants to endure, experiencing the loss of two prominent citizens; but Daphne is a strong lady and that's one thing in her favour," she said.

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