A man has died following a collision with a truck on the corner of Benair and Reedy Roads.
A man has died following a collision with a truck on the corner of Benair and Reedy Roads. Molly Hancock

Man killed kms from where mum, kids died in horror crash

A SMALL community in Queensland's southwest is reeling with yet another fatal accident confirmed this afternoon.

The fresh tragedy follows a horror accident on Monday night in which a woman and her four small children were killed in a head-on collision with a truck.

The utility driver, Joseph Guaresi, 63, was killed.

A local from Benair, south of Kingaroy, said Mr Guaresi was from Alice Creek and worked as a bricklayer.

A truck and the utility collided on Reedy Creek Rd near the intersection of Benair Rd at Benair, a neighbouring town of Kumbia where the family tragedy happened.

The truck driver had no serious injuries.

Emergency services are at the scene of a truck and ute crash near Kingaroy.
Emergency services are at the scene of a truck and ute crash near Kingaroy.

Senior Sergeant David Tierney said the utility was travelling along Benair Rd towards Kumbia. 

"For an unknown reason he has failed to see the truck and has collided with the back of the semi trailer," Snr Sgt Tierney said.

"The driver was thrown from the utility and was not wearing a seatbelt and has died instantly from the impact of the traffic crash."

Police believed the ute driven by Mr Guaresi had failed to stop at a stop sign, and collided with the rear trailer of a truck.

Snr Sgt Tierney said Mr Guaresi likely died after being thrown from the ute.

"The vehicle has been basically disintegrated and he has been thrown from the vehicle, and I would say as a result of the impact," he said.

A man has died following a collision with a truck on the corner of Benair and Reedy Roads.
A man has died following a collision with a truck on the corner of Benair and Reedy Roads. Molly Hancock

 

Eyewitness and Benair local Graham Reed, who was on the scene, said Mr Guaresi's wife had been travelling behind the utility.

Mr Guaresi had been thrown through the front windscreen by the impact.

South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Keith Campbell said he grew up in Benair, right at the backdoor of where the crash happened.

"My brother has a lot of property around the area, I've just spoken to him a little while ago and he and his family are okay," Cr Campbell said.

He said the local community was devastated by the most recent news.

"It's just an absolute blow," he said.

"We have never been in a situation in my living memory where I can recall so many individual accidents that have claimed so many lives in such a short space of time."

South Burnett Regional Council is now planning to hold an evening for relatives of those lost in crashes in the region on Monday night.

"People need to be able to unload a little bit," Mayor Campbell said.

Snr Sgt Tierney said the past week was another stark reminder for drivers to take care on regional roads.

"Wear your seatbelt for a start, drive to the conditions, pay attention," he said.

This is the seventh road related death in six days in the South Burnett region. 

A Benair local who came across the scene said the accident was "horrifying".

The woman, who did not want to be named, said a combination of narrow rural roads and overconfidence while driving were contributing factors.

"People don't drive to the conditions, but the roads are too narrow."

 

EARLIER: 12.33PM 

Queensland Ambulance spokesman advised police and emergency service vehicles were on the scene of the Benair crash.

Two people were being assessed by paramedics.

One has sustained critical injuries.

The second person has no serious injuries.

EARLIER: 12.15pm

A TRUCK and vehicle crash has been reported at Benair, 25km southwest of Kingaroy, this afternoon.

A Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said there were reports of a multi-vehicle crash on the corner of Reedy Creek Rd and Benair Rd.

At 12.15pm on Wednesday, May 29, the spokeswoman said people on scene had made the call to emergency services.

Drivers are urged to take caution if travelling in the area.

More information to follow.

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