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Tributes flow for father-of-two killed in crash

Michael Blackmore, 24, was killed in a car crash at Laidley on Friday.
Michael Blackmore, 24, was killed in a car crash at Laidley on Friday. Contributed

A LOCKYER Valley community is mourning the loss of two people after a horrific crash at Laidley Friday afternoon.

Laidley man Michael Blackmore, 24, and a 26-year-old woman were killed when the two cars they were driving collided head-on on the Laidley-Gatton Rd about 2pm.

They were the sole occupants of the vehicles.

The Laidley community has been quick to rally behind Mr Blackmore's family with a memorial group established on social media on Saturday.

Friend Tanya-Rose Jackwitz established the Facebook page Michael Blackmore Memorial as a tribute to the young man and to help raise funds to support Mr Blackmore's family.

"As you know our dear friend, husband, father and brother Michael Blackmore passed in a car accident, survived by his wife and two daughters ages (sic) 18 months and four months," the group said.

"As a show of our love and desire to help, this fundraiser has been set up.

"Michael was a kind, hardworking, faithful and caring man. Honest and genuine.

"Always willing to be a friend and help out.

"Many of us have been impacted by this and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

The group has gained more than 125 members.

A makeshift memorial has been established at the crash scene in memory of the two people killed.

The 26-year-old woman is understood to have been a University of Queensland student studying at the Gatton campus.

Country Patrol Inspector Julie Cooling said investigations into the crash were continuing.

"The Forensic Crash Unit is continuing to examine the scene and inspect the vehicles," she said.

"Police are also calling for any witnesses to come forward."

Insp. Cooling said police were trying to determine why there were no skid-marks leading to the crash site.

"The reasons at this stage are unknown as to why the cars failed to take the bend," she said.

"We call it a high-energy offset head-on collision."

She said the crash happened in a 100kmh zone.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Policelink on 131 444.

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