Dad’s long road to recovery after fatal Bruce Highway crash

A Townsville father lies in an intensive care unit, broken and bloodied, after surviving a horrific crash that killed his father.

Johannes Van Stelten, 38, faces a long road to recovery, but the community has banded together to help him get back on his feet when he is finally released from a Brisbane hospital.

More than $1500 has already been raised in a generous GoFundMe page to assist Mr Van Stelten and his four children.

 

Johannes Van Stelten is surrounded by friends at hospital after a crash near Mackay that killed his father.
Johannes Van Stelten is surrounded by friends at hospital after a crash near Mackay that killed his father.

 

 

The Kelso man was travelling back from Melbourne with his dad and two other men on February 25 when their work van and a B-double truck collided.

Police said the van attempted a U-turn on the Bruce Hwy about 4am when the collision occurred.

Two men died at the scene of a horror crash at Carmila. The crash was reported to emergency services just before 4am on February 25 2020. PICTURE: Kasey House
Two men died at the scene of a horror crash at Carmila. The crash was reported to emergency services just before 4am on February 25 2020. PICTURE: Kasey House

Mr Van Stelten was thrown from the vehicle before the van split in half from the impact.

He crawled to the mangled wreck to help his father, but found him laying dead on the road.

His dad, John Van Stelten, 59, was killed instantly alongside another Townsville man, Mark Dunstan, 57.

Mr Van Stelten and a 31-year-old Gympie man were the only survivors.

His stepmother, Sabina Van Stelten said he had a long road ahead of him.

Sabina Van Stelten said she has lost her
Sabina Van Stelten said she has lost her "soulmate" after the death of her husband John Van Stelten.

"He is conscious … we are going down to see him soon but he is badly injured," she said.

Mr Van Stelten has a fractured spine, broken ribs, two broken ankles and a broken elbow.

The funds raised through the GoFundMe, started by a family-friend, would help with his rehabilitation and financial assistance for his children, Blaze, Tahlia, Mana and Harlow.

To donate to the GoFundMe, click here.



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