Christopher Chan

Horror weekend on roads

TWO separate crashes have claimed the lives of two people - including an infant - after an horrific time on the region's roads over the weekend.

A 10-week-old baby died in a single-vehicle crash on the Bruce Hwy about 7km south of Granite Creek about 5am on Saturday.

The crash occurred when the car left the road and hit a tree.

The other four occupants, including two children under 10, were taken to Bundaberg Hospital with minor injuries.

It is believed the occupants of the vehicle were all from the same family from Brisbane.

The crash was the second fatal on the region's roads after a man, in his 40s, died in a motorbike crash near Rosedale on Saturday.

Police said the man fell off his motorbike after leaving the road while going around a bend.

The crash was found by a member of the public who called emergency services about 1.50pm.

Police believe the man was from the Rosedale area.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating both crashes.

The tragic weekend has left police urging drivers to take care on the roads.

Gladstone police Sergeant Caroline Hogan said the message could not be any clearer.

"They just have to take precautions," she said.

"It can and will happen."

Sgt Hogan said it did not matter how good of a driver someone was, people still needed to stop and take their time.

"We have all these things we have no control over, like other drivers and road conditions, and they can become very troublesome," she said.

She also urged drivers not to drive when tired.

"You are often driving at 100km/h, it does not take long for you to be on the other side or off the road," she said.

"You need to stop - if you are tired you are going to keep being tired, even if you have had a break."

The crashes mean five people have died on the region's roads since the beginning of the month.


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