Central Qld Coast man killed in highway car crash

THE friends and family of a Lammermoor man are in mourning after he was killed in a car crash on the Capricorn Hwy over the weekend.

The 66-year-old man was declared dead at the scene by emergency services after his car left the Capricorn Hwy between Barcaldine and Jericho on Sunday afternoon.

Police believe the white Toyota Prado he was driving ran off the road and hit a guide post before rolling.

Officers from the south-west police Forensic Crash Unit are investigating.

The crash comes just days after an interstate man was killed when the truck he was a passenger in rolled on the Leichhardt Hwy near Theodore.

After spending hours trapped in the wreckage of the truck, the 47-year-old was cut free and airlifted to Rockhampton Hospital where he later passed away.

With the road toll climbing, Senior Sergeant Ewan Findlater of the Rockhampton Traffic Branch urged drivers to take care, especially during the school holidays.

"There have been 13 lives lost on Capricornia roads so far this year, that's six up from this time last year," Snr Sgt Findlater said.

"This time of year we see an increase in road users and with that an increase in road trauma.

"Police will be out on the roads for the holidays. We will have a visible presence.

"Motorists are urged to drive to the conditions, plan their journeys and rest stops and make good decisions."

ROAD TOLL:

 13 lives lost on Capricornia roads this year

 Road toll up by six lives

 Two men killed on the region's roads in the past week alone


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