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THREE people are believed to have died in a horrendous traffic crash southwest of Rockhampton last night.
Early details indicated an empty fuel tanker and four-wheel-drive wagon were involved in the incident along the Capricorn Highway, about 5km west of Stanwell, just after 7pm.
The 4WD reportedly rolled several times, killing the three occupants - all of whom are believed to be male railway workers.
The driver was a 21-year-old Gladstone man, while the two passengers were from Rockhampton and were aged 53 and 56.
It is thought they were on their way to relieve colleagues at a nearby changeover.
A local resident told The Courier-Mail the area of the highway was a troublespot.
“That corner is absolutely deadly,” she said. “There are accidents here with trucks and other vehicles going off the road all the time.
“I’ve spoken with Main Roads about it before but they won’t do anything.”
She said the highway was too narrow for vehicles to safely make a turn and the sides of the embankment were dangerously steep.
Paramedics said the truck driver did not require medical treatment.
Police have closed the highway in both directions and it is believed it will remain closed for quite some time.
The tragedy brings the annual road toll to 177 deaths on Queensland roads this year, down from 219 the same time last year.
Meanwhile, a man was reported to have died in a tractor accident on private property along Randle Rd, Buccan, near Logan.
The vehicle is thought to have rolled over backwards and killed the driver.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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