Police confirm death at Gympie crash site

UPDATE: POLICE were unsure last night why and when an elderly man lost control of his car along Widgee Crossing Rd.

The man died in the crash sometime yesterday, making him the fifth road fatality in Gympie in as many weeks.

The Gold Coast man's body was found inside a white Hyundai Getz by a Gympie farmer after lunch, however police believe the crash could have occurred any time up to 12 hours before the man was found.

It is believed he was driving along Widgee Crossing Rd towards the Mary River, just west of the Nestle factory, when he has lost control of his car and ploughed through a fence.

Sunshine Coast Crash Investigation Unit Acting Senior Sergeant David Lonergan said the car rolled after crashing through the fence and then launched back over the same fence before landing in trees and shrubs about 100m from where the accident began.

It is thought the driver died as a result of his injuries before he was found by a farmer who had gone to fix the broken fence lining his property.

The elderly driver's wife reported him missing on Sunday. The Sunshine Coast Crash Investigation Unit was at the scene yesterday afternoon and evening; the car was towed from the site around 6.30pm.

Acting Snr Sgt Lonergan reminded drivers to be vigilant on the roads, to slow down while behind the wheel and heed the Fatal Five.


EARLIER: A FATAL car crash has been discovered by police in Gympie, following reports of a car abandoned in a paddock.

After taking the call at 2.30pm on Monday, police found a "crashed vehicle" on Widgee Crossing Road.

Officers found a man dead inside the car.

Police believe the car had been untouched after it left the road and collided with a tree.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

Those who may know something about the crash are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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