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29 March, 2022

Road accidents claim lives in Far North

THREE road accidents claimed the lives of three people yesterday around the Far North.

An 82-year-old Atherton man died following a traffic crash about halfway between Malanda and Atherton yesterday around 9.45am. 

Preliminary investigations indicate the man was driving a 2010 Holden Colorado utility in a north-easterly direction along Knowles Road, when a collision occurred at the intersection of Malanda-Atherton Road, involving a 2003 Citroen 3 hatch, driven by a 74-year-old Malanda woman, who was travelling in a westerly direction. 

The man suffered critical injuries and was transported to Atherton Hospital where he has since passed away. 

The woman sustained serious injuries and is in a stable condition in Atherton Hospital. 

Forensic Crash Unit investigators are appealing for witnesses to the collision, especially those with dashcam footage to come forward. 

Around 12.40pm yesterday, a male driver of a utility died after a collision with a large waste disposal truck just outside Kuranda, near Black Mountain Road. 

The man was driving a utility outbound from Cairns toward Kuranda along the Kennedy Highway when the collision occurred with the truck which was being driven in an easterly direction toward Cairns by a 48-year-old Mount Sheridan man. 

The driver of the utility died at the scene. The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries only. 

Forensic Crash Unit investigations are continuing. 

Last night, a 39-year-old Diwan man died following a single vehicle traffic crash that happened along Cape Tribulation Road. Initial investigations indicate that around 9.50pm, a car travelling along Cape Tribulation Road in Diwan crashed into a fixed road sign. 

The man, who was the sole occupant of the car was located deceased at the scene. The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

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