Double fatality sparks road safety plea from police
TUESDAY: An impassioned safety plea from police has followed another tragic day on our roads after Pittsworth couple Michael and Heather Wicks were killed Monday morning.
Mr and Mrs Wicks were killed when their Toyota LandCruiser troop carrier and an empty semi-trailer collided at the intersection of Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Rd and Oakey-Pittsworth Rd at Aubigny about 7am.
Darling Downs District Inspector Mike Curtin said early investigations suggested Mr Wicks, 80, was driving north along Oakey Pittsworth Rd with his wife, 72, and entered the intersection after stopping at the stop sign.
"The vehicle has entered into the path of a semi-trailer travelling west on the Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Rd," he said.
They were just the loveliest and quietest people you would ever meet
"As a result, both occupants of the Toyota station wagon have lost their lives."
The driver of the truck was uninjured in the collision, but was taken to St Vincent's Hospital in Toowoomba as a precaution.
Insp. Curtin said the double fatality took the total number of deaths in the Darling Downs to 23 yesterday, up 14 from the same time last year.
"It's a tragic incident which again has cost lives on Darling Downs roads," he said.
"Police are pleading with the community to be vigilant on our roads and to, one, drive to the conditions and two, drive in a safe manner with a view to decreasing the number of fatalities on our roads.
"Many of these fatal crashes are avoidable. This is a tragic waste of life that we continue to see on our roads."
Insp. Curtin on Monday said 60 deaths had been recorded in the southern police region which was 21 higher than the same time last year.
Mr and Mrs Wicks were believed to have lived in the small close-knit Pittsworth community for more than 30 years.
Pittsworth resident Penny McKinlay described the retired couple as two of the loveliest people with a passion for unique and obscure native trees.
"They were just the loveliest and quietest people you would ever meet," Mrs McKinlay said.
"Never in their lifetime would they have caused a problem for anyone.
"It's a terrible thing that has happened. They both had that real country charm.
"They were the most gentle people who enjoyed every aspect of the simple life."
A report into the crash will be prepared for the coroner.
MONDAY 1PM: A man, 80, and female passenger, 72, have been confirmed as the occupants of the Toyota LandCruiser station wagon involved in a fatal crash at Aubigny this morning.
Investigations are continuing, and police advise the Oakey Pittsworth Rd and Toowoomba Cecil Plains Rd intersection has since re-opened.
The male truck driver was uninjured in the crash, but was taken to St Vincent's hospital as a precaution.
MONDAY 10AM: Police will prepare a report for the coroner after this morning's horror traffic crash in which two Pittsworth residents were killed.
Forensic Crash Unit and Scenes of Crime officers remain at the scene.
Darling Downs District Inspector Mike Curtin said initial investigations suggested the Toyota LandCruiser station wagon, driven by a man with a female passenger, was travelling north along the Oakey Pittsworth Rd.
"They have entered the intersection after stopping at a stop sign," Insp Curtin said.
"The vehicle has entered into the path of a semi-trailer travelling west on the Toowoomba Cecil Plains Rd.
"As a result, both occupants of the Toyota station wagon have lost their lives.
"It is believed both occupants are local residents to the Pittsworth area."
He said the man and woman were believed to be aged in their 70s.
Investigations are continuing.
MONDAY 8.15AM: Two people have been killed in a serious traffic crash near Aubigny just west of Toowoomba this morning.
Emergency services remain at the scene of the crash at the corner of Toowoomba/Cecil Plains Rd and the Oakey/Pittsworth Rd, 33km west of Toowoomba.
The crash occurred just before 7am.
Motorists are asked to avoid using Toowoomba/Cecil Plains Rd and Oakey/Pittsworth Rd as delays are expected.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said early indications were that a truck had collided with a 4WD vehicle and that the man and woman in the 4WD, believed to be in their late 50s, had been pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigations into the cause of the accident are continuing.