Man killed as boat hits bridge
A FAMILY reunion has ended in a horrific boat crash leaving a Maroochydore man in hospital and his 40-year-old son dead.
Arthur Richardson, 67, and his Caboolture-based son Jamie had been enjoying the end of a perfect spring day in a 4.1m tinnie on Friday.
The pair was joined by family friend Darren Edwards, 41, from Mountain Creek.
Police were unsure last night how long the trio had been on the water, but their fishing boat collided with a bridge pylon at the Petrie Creek Bridge, near Bli Bli about 10pm.
Jamie Richardson, a father and partner, died at the scene before emergency services arrived.
Arthur Richardson senior reportedly suffered a fractured skull, cheekbone and chest injuries.
Mr Edwards also suffered head injuries.
Friends of the family said Jamie's father and younger brother had shared their excitement about Jamie's impending arrival days prior to the tragic crash.
Police could not confirm whether the three men were thrown from the boat when its bow hit the 40cm wide pylon head on.
The bridge has five rows of pylons separated by about five metres.
Two fishermen were standing on the bridge when the crash occurred.
The pair reportedly heard a large bang before looking down to see sparks on what was a particularly black night due to a last quarter moon.
Police said the men ran to assist and contacted the Queensland Ambulance Service.
Two men were taken to Nambour General Hospital, according to a Department of Community Safety spokeswoman.
Water police, forensic crash investigators and detectives from the Criminal Investigation Branch joined uniformed police at the scene over the next half an hour.
Witnesses reported they did not see any lights on the boat.
The Daily's images show the 4.1m runabout sustained very little damage in the crash.
Police said they were investigating whether alcohol or speed was a contributing factor to the crash.