Midge Point man killed in early morning crash
By Linda Brady
A 34-YEAR-OLD Midge Point dad was killed in a horror road smash on Saturday, prompting pleas for motorists to take more care on the roads.
Michael Richardson died when his ute and a semi-trailer collided just south of Bloomsbury at 12.10am.
Calen police Officer in Charge Constable John Spreadborough told the Whitsunday Times this week that the ute became wedged halfway under the prime over of the semi-trailer, trapping Mr Richardson inside.
"It took towing crews some time to separate the vehicles and then it took about one-and-a-half hours to cut the man out of the wreckage," he said.
"It was a difficult task and the Proserpine auxiliary volunteer fire brigade did an excellent job _ for blokes who are only part-time they deserve all the praise."
Ambulance authorities said a Proserpine crew was returning from a medical emergency when they were notified of the accident.
They were joined by a crew from Calen.
Constable Spreadborough said crash investigations would continue this week but initial investigations suggest fatigue may have been involved. "It is suspected at this stage because it appears one of the vehicles did drift on to the wrong side of the road," he said.
The Proserpine-to-Mackay Road is a known blackspot for traffic accidents, but Constable Spreadborough said in this case, the road was not to blame.
"The road was fine ... and it was also a good clear night for driving," he said.
"These accidents are not the fault of the road."
"We keep telling people to take care ... what more can we do?"
Mr Richardson was believed to be a contractor working on a pipleline job on the Coppabella mine site.
He had lived with his wife and young child in Midge Point for about four months and has family in Proserpine.
The driver of the semi-trailer who was based at Kallangur in Brisbane, was not injured.