Crash victim dies in hospital

A MAN has died in hospital from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash at Gatton last week.

The 20-year-old was a rear passenger in a vehicle that smashed into a drainage culvert and rolled after veering off the Warrego Highway about 1.20am on January 20.

Police said the Kingaroy man was critically injured after being thrown from the vehicle.

He was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, where he lost his fight for life on Tuesday night.

A 30-year-old female passenger, also injured in the crash, was taken to Toowoomba Base Hospital where she was understood to have been recovering.

The 26-year-old male driver was not injured.

Police are still investigating the Warrego Highway fatal, which preceded a horror Australia Day on Queensland roads.

Five people lost their lives in road crashes at Beenleigh and Rockhampton, pushing the state’s 2011 road toll to 13.

Four people died in a collision between a car and a truck on the Bruce Highway at Etna Creek, 20km north of Rockhampton.

Two men and two women were in a Holden Commodore sedan which was thought to have clipped the semi-trailer before crashing down an embankment, about 2.50pm.

Police later confirmed a 14-year-old boy, 30-year-old woman, 54-year-old man and a 53-year-old female driver, all from Sarina, died at the scene.

The truck driver was treated for shock. The Bruce Highway had to be closed in both directions for several hours.

Earlier in the day a motorcyclist aged in his 30s died after his bike collided with a Mazda hatchback at Bethania, near Beenleigh.

The collision occurred near a random breath testing site on Logan River Road.

The Ethical Standards Command is investigating the circumstances of the crash.

In Ipswich, a man was lucky to have avoided serious injury or death after he was struck by a vehicle near the Raceview Tavern.

Police were called to Raceview Street about 8pm on Australia Day, following reports the man had threatened to walk out in front of traffic. Although not injured, the man was taken to hospital for a health assessment.

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