Driver of exploded fuel tanker likely a Townsville man as horror Easter on North Queensland roads claims another life

A MAN from Townsville is believed to be the truck driver who died in a horrific fuel tanker explosion after a crash on a North Queensland road. Police have not been able to formally identify the driver yet due to the condition of the remains that were discovered in the burnt-out truck cabin. Mount Isa Police Senior Sergeant Sean Wade said the truck had been transporting fuel from Townsville to Mount Isa when the crash occurred about 8.30am on Thursday about 10km west of Cloncurry on the Barkly Highway. “The driver of the truck at the time was believed to be a Townsville man and while police haven’t formally identified the man we have confirmed human remains were found,” Sen-Sgt Wade said. “The investigation by the Forensic Crash Unit continues. We are following up with witnesses and have inspected markings on the road.” Sen-Sgt Wade told the Townsville Bulletin on Thursday that early indications were that a sedan and the second tanker of the truck collided. The 48-year old driver of the car sustained serious injuries and was taken to Townsville in a critical condition but has since stabilised. In a separate tragedy on North Queensland roads, a man has died in what appears to be a family road trip gone horribly wrong. Emergency services rushed to the scene of a fatal car crash on the Kennedy Developmental Rd near Mount Garnett yesterday morning.. Townsville Police District Duty Officer Senior Sergeant Matt Lyons said a car had crashed into a tree about 7.50am. The male driver died at the scene while a woman and three children are understood to have suffered non-life threatening injuries. “Truck drivers have stopped to render assistance to the female and three children,” Sen-Sgt Lyons said. “They are OK but in shock. “It’s an awful start to the Easter holiday period. “A family has tragically lost a loved one and again we ask all road users to drive to speed limits, don’t drive fatigued, don’t use mobile phones and travel safely.” Sen-Sgt Lyons said a helicopter from Cairns was sent to the location.

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