Young soldier killed
INVESTIGATIONS are still continuing into what caused an army truck to crash into a creek near Proserpine where a Sydney soldier died.
Private Stephen Blackburn, 22, was travelling as a passenger in the truck when it veered to the wrong side of the road and plunged into Six Mile Creek on Monday.
The two soldiers were travelling in a convoy of army vehicles from Townsville to Sydney and the accident occurred about 23kms north of Proserpine.
Both the passenger and the driver had to be rescued from the truck by emergency services about 1pm. They were treated at the scene and taken to Proserpine hospital.
The passenger was in a critical condition and died later that afternoon.
Proserpine police sergeant Nathan Blain said both the police and the Defence Force were investigating the cause of the accident and it had not yet been determined.
The truck was pulled from the creek about 9.55pm on Monday and routine mechanical investigations are in place to see whether a mechanical fault was the cause.
An Australian Defence Force spokesman said the 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment convoy, in which the soldier was travelling, had completed a month-long exercise in Townsville.
“Our sympathy and thoughts are with the family as they deal with the loss of a loved one,” he said.
The surviving soldier was discharged from Proserpine hospital on Tuesday morning and taken to Townsville by members of the Defence Force.