Tragic crashes see road toll soar

RACQ has pleaded with motorists to be safe on the roads after a horror weekend saw five people killed in two separate crashes in Queensland.

The Courier Mail reported three women and a man in their earlier twenties were killed when the car they were travelling in collided with a ute in Advancetown on the Gold Coast on Saturday at 1pm.

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said a tourist was also killed when the 4WD he was driving rolled and crashed on Fraser Island on Sunday morning.

“To see four young people and a tourist lose their lives in crashes in Queensland in one weekend is just devastating,” Ms Ritchie said.

“We’re pleading with drivers to please always slow down and drive to conditions no matter where they are or how familiar they are with the roads.

“Four others were injured in these crashes and those injuries could impact them for the rest of their lives.”

Ms Ritchie said 133 people had lost their lives on Queensland roads so far this year, compared to 115 at the same time last year.

“The number of horror crashes we’ve seeing on the State’s road this year is alarming,” she said.

“Despite there being less traffic on our roads due to the COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year, the road toll is still significantly higher.

“Most crashes are preventable and we’re pleading with motorists to always put safety first."