Truckie charged over crash that killed Gladstone man

A TRUCK driver has been charged over the accident which killed three Aurizon workers near Stanwell last year.

The driver appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court last week charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.

Train drivers Neil Pettit, 53, Maurice Dunbavan, 56, and contractor Callum Ryan, 20, died when their vehicle collided with the driver's truck on the Capricorn Hwy on October 9.

The men were on their way to relieve fellow train drivers from a shift. The fatality happened less than 100m from their destination.

At the time The Observer reported that a B-double tanker and the Prado the three men were travelling in collided on the Capricorn Hwy about 7pm.

Forensic crash units, Rockhampton and Gracemere emergency services rushed to the scene where traffic flow was blocked for several hours.

Stanwell resident Janette Starr heard the crash near her home and rushed out to find the Prado on its roof.

The tanker driver was not injured in the collision.

His dangerous drive matter has been remanded until October 21 for committal mention.

Callum Ryan was a former Toolooa State High School student known as a helpful young man and a pleasure to be around.

He loved rugby league, rugby, American football and basketball.

The Ryan family was devastated and his many friends in Gladstone were shocked at his untimely death.


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