Region left to mourn Judith Dixon and Zachary Woods, each killed in a horror head-on in the days after Christmas
Region left to mourn Judith Dixon and Zachary Woods, each killed in a horror head-on in the days after Christmas John Gass

Region mourns as head-on crash victims are named

THE names of two people killed in a head-on collision between two vehicles near Cunnamulla at the weekend have been released.

Judith Dixon, 78, of Hungerford on the Queensland/New South Wales border, died at the scene of the accident on Adventure Way, about 6km west of Cunnamulla, about 9am Saturday.

Mrs Dixon had been a passenger in a car driven by a 40-year-old woman, believed to be her daughter from New South Wales.

The 40-year-old woman was taken to Cunnamulla Hospital then flown to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane with internal injuries and a broken leg.

Cunnamulla police reported she had undergone surgery on Sunday and was out of the intensive care unit by Monday afternoon.

The other deceased was Zachary Woods, 23, a shearer from Thargomindah who was the sole occupant of the other vehicle involved.

The cause of the accident was still under investigation by the Forensic Crash Unit.

Queensland Police remind drivers to be careful when on our highways and roads during the Christmas holiday season in particular and to drive to the conditions.

Motorists are also reminded to be aware of high risk road user behaviour including the fatal five - speeding, fatigue, impaired driving (drink and drug), failure to wear a seat belt and distraction/inattention.

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said southern Queensland was home to many of Queensland's most dangerous roads.

"The Downs region has many roads that are in need of upgrades including the Warrego Hwy, Gore Hwy and New England Hwy," she said.

Ms Ritchie said the distances many motorists in the region drove also played a factor in the high toll.

"Many motorists are travelling longer distances so fatigue can play a large part on fatalities. As many of the main roads are single lane each way the risk of head on collisions and roadside hazards increase dramatically."

Ms Ritchie said RACQ research showed the most dangerous time to be on the road was between 2-4pm.

"Drivers can be at risk of lapses in concentration when driving in the afternoons as fatigue sets in," she said.

"If you are taking a long trip to visit family over the holidays, make sure you are resting every two hours and are not driving any longer than 10 hours a day."

 

- with APN Newsdesk



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