Horror double-fatal adds to Christmas toll tragedy

The State’s peak motoring body is again urging motorists to slow down and drive to conditions, after a horror crash in the South Burnett region left two people dead.

According to Queensland Police, a 27 year old ute driver and one of his passengers – a seven year old boy – were killed when their vehicle collided with a truck on the Bunya Highway at Murgon on Tuesday.

A six-year-old girl who was also travelling in the ute remained in a critical condition at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, with serious head injuries.

The fourth passenger – a one-year-old girl – escaped with only minor injuries.

The truck driver has been treated for shock, but was otherwise unhurt.

Elsewhere on day 11 of Queensland Police’s Festive Break crackdown, a 39-year-old woman was charged with drink driving after she was nabbed almost five times over the legal limit at Burnside.

Another motorist was caught doing 179km/h in a 110km/h zone on the Pacific Motorway at Gaven.

Police have so far caught more than 28,000 drivers speeding during the Christmas road safety campaign.

RACQ had previously expressed shock and dismay at the preliminary death toll for 2017, which reached 248.