Man charged over Raveshoe cafe explosion
POLICE have charged a 61-year-old man following a lengthy investigation into a car crash which led to an explosion in Ravenshoe in the state's north last year.
About 12pm on June 9, 2015, a ute crashed into a cafe causing a gas bottle to ignite and a subsequent explosion.
Two women, aged 37 and 82, who were inside the café at the time of the crash died in hospital.
An additional 17 people were injured, including 14 seriously, as a result of the incident.
The driver, a 61-year-old Manunda man, was also seriously injured in the crash.
After extensive inquiries conducted by the Cairns Forensic Crash Unit and Tablelands Criminal Investigation Branch, the 61-year-old driver was charged with one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm.
He is due to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court on December 19.