Light blamed for road deaths

AS the news reached Wallangarra residents of the two locals tragically killed after a collision on the New England Highway on Thursday, a spokesman from Transport and Main Roads offered the department's condolences after it was revealed one of its vehicles was involved in the incident.

Forty-two-year-old Lee-ann Smith and 62-year-old Darryl Maynard Baker were travelling northbound on the New England Highway, just south of Stanthorpe, on Thursday afternoon when police say a hazard caused them to swerve.

The vehicle veered out of control and onto the other side of the highway, where it hit an oncoming truck and rolled down an embankment.

The couple was killed in the crash.

It is now understood that a RoadTek vehicle was travelling in front of the crash victims and reports suggest a set of temporary traffic lights had fallen from it.

A Transport and Main Roads spokesman wouldn't confirm the details, but said the department offered its condolences to everyone involved.

“Safety is important for TMR and this incident will be thoroughly investigated. As well as assisting Queensland Police Service and other authorities with their investigations, TMR will undertake its own.”


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