Road toll continues to rise after weekend double fatality
THE close-knit community of Wandoan has been left reeling after two well-known young men were tragically killed in a crash south of Chinchilla at the weekend.
Jackson "Jacko" Sattler, 21, and Russell Poole, 21, were killed after the utility they were travelling in crashed in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Emergency services were notified of the crash by a passing taxi driver on the Chinchilla-Tara Road, about three kilometres south of Chinchilla, shortly after 1.50am.
It is the second time in less than six months Wandoan has had to deal with the tragic loss of one its young townsfolk.
In January, former Toowoomba Grammar student Christopher Hall, 21, was killed in a crash south of Wandoan.
His passenger, Sean Mitchell, 22, survived the crash.
It is understood both Mr Sattler and Mr Poole were close friends of Mr Hall.
A spokeswoman for the Sattler family, who asked for her name not to be published, said Jackson was just a typical country lad.
"He was such a happy-go-lucky kid," she said.
"His family is totally devastated. His mother is just heartbroken.
"You expect when a loved one leaves the house to go somewhere they will come back.
"Sadly this was not the case."
Family and friends of both Mr Sattler and Mr Poole took to Facebook yesterday to express their shock at the young men's tragic deaths.
"A brother, a mate, a friend, a person who I had always looked up to even though he would belt the s*** out of me every day and some how I miss it. May you rest in peace Jacko you will be dearly missed by everyone," said Jackson's brother Morgan Sattler.
"That numbing feeling we all know too well. Another one of us taken so young. RIP Jacko Sattler. I'm going to miss seeing your smile at the most unexpected moments," said a friend Dimity Higgins.
Chinchilla police officer-in-charge Sergeant Gerard Brady said yesterday investigations surrounding the circumstances of crash were ongoing.
"Our investigations are focusing on whether speed or alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash," Sgt. Brady said.
"Early indications suggest that the vehicle left the road after clipping the side of a cattle grid.
"It then rolled several times before hitting a tree. Both men were killed instantly.
"It was a straight section of road that has a 100km speed limit. It is too early to say whether the driver of the vehicle (Mr Poole) was speeding, but it was a very heavy impact," he said.
Sgt. Brady said it was such a tragedy that the Wandoan community had lost another two young lives.
"Both men went to school together and were best friends with Chris Hall who died earlier in the year," he said.
"It is just an absolute tragedy.
"It was not a pleasant scene for emergency services, especially given the young age of the men."
It is the fourth death on the region's road in the past week.
Last Thursday, a 46-year-old Tara man was killed after crashing his vehicle into a tree on the Leichhardt Highway about 25 kilometres south of Miles.
Earlier in the week, Paul Churchill, 42, of Goranba was killed in a crash on the Warrego Highway near Dalby.
The region's death toll now stands at 46 - a staggering 19 more than this time last year.