Man, 54, killed in highway smash
THE Southern Downs community has been shattered again with another local being killed on the New England Highway.
A 54-year-old Stanthorpe man was killed when his car collided with a semi-trailer at Dalveen.
The accident happened around 1pm yesterday afternoon near the intersection of Belmont Dve and the highway.
The 25-year-old truck driver escaped the crash without physical injuries.
This was the fourth fatal accident on the New England Highway in just as many weeks.
Warwick and District Community Road Safety Group secretary Andrew Gale said they were devastated by another crash in the area.
"This can happen to anyone," said the former police officer.
"We all use highways every day and it could very well be our family, friends or neighbours in these accidents.
"We just ask that people please, please, please be careful on our roads."
Mr Gale said a number of the road safety members were previously in emergency services and understood how difficult it must be for those attending their fourth serious accident in 2014.
"We are extremely sympathetic to those and understand how hard it must be for them to attend these scenes."
Mr Gale was working in Stanthorpe yesterday and drove past the crash.
"It was just terrible scene," he said.
"Here we are again, opening another paper reading about another fatality.
"In the last month it has just been ridiculous what's happening on our roads."
Mr Gale said everyone needed to drive extra careful.
"Next time it could be you or me."
The Forensic Crash Unit was continuing investigations at the time of print yesterday.