News

Motorcyclist dies in crash

The scene of a fatal traffic accident on Blue Gum Drive in Camira.
The scene of a fatal traffic accident on Blue Gum Drive in Camira. Rob Williams

A MOTORCYCLIST was killed in a head-on collision with a truck on Thursday.

The horrific crash was reported at Blue Gum Drive, Camira, about 2.50pm, with initial information suggesting the rider - a 40-year-old Redbank Plains man - had lost the lower part of his right leg and was struggling to breathe.

Paramedics tried desperately to revive the man at the scene, however he was pronounced dead shortly after 3.30pm.

Police said the motorbike collided with the front driver's side of a small truck on a long bend.

Inspector Keith McDonald said police were trying to ascertain whether or not one of the vehicles crossed onto the wrong side of the road.

"Police are speaking with another driver, who was following the truck at the time of the crash," Insp McDonald said.

Speed was also being considered as a possible cause.

Although it was raining shortly after the incident, police said the road was dry at the time of the impact.

The truck driver was not physically injured, however police said the man was suffering from shock.

Blue Gum Drive resident Guy Skillecorn said he had held concerns about the safety of the corner for a few years.

"In the past, cars have crashed into front yards and other parked cars because some drivers underestimate the long, sweeping corner," he said.

"There are a lot of kids in this street and we would like to see something done to slow cars down."

The Forensic Crash Unit and Scenes of Crime officers were called in to investigate.

Topics:  fatal crash, motorcycle crash


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Novice DJ's spreading audio sunshine

ON AIR: Tony Little and Tully Mars brought their own ray of radio sunshine to the SICYC annual Rendezvous this morning. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times.

Tony Little and Tully Mars took over Coconut Radio this morning

JMG to see Boom dance floor a-jumping

DANCE MUSIC: JMG will see the crowd jumping at Boom Nightclub on Saturday night. Photo: Contributed

JMG set to see Boom Nightclub dance floor a-jumping.

'Shaggers' unite for a cause

RAISING AWARENESS: 156 dinghies formed the shape of the ribbon used as a logo for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia at the SICYC annual Rendezvous this morning. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times.

About 800 "Shaggers" came together in the Northern Whitsundays today

Latest deals and offers

Kids 'tri' and they succeed

Kids gave it their all in the Ergon Energy Kidzpower Triathlon this afternoon.

Novice DJ's spreading audio sunshine

ON AIR: Tony Little and Tully Mars brought their own ray of radio sunshine to the SICYC annual Rendezvous this morning. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times.

Tony Little and Tully Mars took over Coconut Radio this morning

JMG to see Boom dance floor a-jumping

DANCE MUSIC: JMG will see the crowd jumping at Boom Nightclub on Saturday night. Photo: Contributed

JMG set to see Boom Nightclub dance floor a-jumping.

'Shaggers' unite for a cause

RAISING AWARENESS: 156 dinghies formed the shape of the ribbon used as a logo for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia at the SICYC annual Rendezvous this morning. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times.

About 800 "Shaggers" came together in the Northern Whitsundays today

Our top tips for tackling the Airlie Beach Triathlon

READY TO RACE: Max Neumann will contest the Airlie Beach Triathlon this weekend. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Our top tips for tackling the 2016 Airlie Beach Triathlon.

Sip some fine wine at Barcelona

CLASSY: Owner of Barcelona David Paddon and head chef Darren Shewry.

Sip some fine wine at Barcelona in Airlie Beach.

Die-hard fan's 34 magic Gympie Muster years

STICK AROUND FOR A BEER: Mal Williams has been at every Gympie Muster for 34 years.

Mal Williams has only missed one Muster in 35 years - the first one

Jessica Alba wants tequila shots served at her funeral

Businesswoman and actor Jessica Alba

There won't be mourning at this funeral

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

Actor Rachel Weisz

Weisz says mystery is good for an actor

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa