Fatal crash on the Bunya Highway.
Fatal crash on the Bunya Highway. Claudia Williams

MAP: The tragic reality of lives lost on our roads

UPDATE, June 7: The South Burnett 2019 road toll has now reached 13. 

A dozen people have lost their lives on South Burnett roads over the past month, from May 7 to June 7.  

This brings the road toll for the wider region across the North and South Burnett up to 15. 

EARLIER, May 28: BURNETT roads have tragically claimed the lives of 11 people in the past three weeks.

Seven adults and four children have died on roads across the South Burnett and North Burnett over 20 days, from the second day of National Road Safety Week to only days away from Fatality Free Friday.


Last night, a woman and four children were killed in a horror head-on collision between a truck and a vehicle on the Bunya Highway in Kumbia.

This was only days away from Fatality Free Friday, as both vehicles and surrounding grass were on fire as a result of the collision at 7.20pm on Monday, May 27.

The driver, a 35-year-old woman from Eli Waters at Hervey Bay, and her four children all aged under 10, were pronounced dead at the scene.


A girl travelling in the car was taken to Kingaroy Hospital in a critical condition before being flown to the Queensland Children's Hospital.

The girl died during the flight.

The 47-year-old driver of the truck was taken to the Kingaroy Hospital for multiple non-life-threatening injuries.

Last week, a man passed away in hospital overnight after being involved in a tragic traffic crash in Kingaroy on May 23.

Forensic crash unit investigations indicate around 1.50pm a motorcyclist was travelling east on Haly St when then 43-year-old rider struck a Ford ute before being thrown from the motorbike.

He was taken to Kingaroy Hospital and was airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he passed away overnight.

On Sunday, May 19, a 37-year-old Weranga man died after his vehicle crashed into a tree in Durong.

The driver and sole occupant was found by a passing motorist on Chinchilla-Wondai Rd at around 10am.

He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Just before 4pm on Friday, May 17, a 31-year-old male driver died in a truck rollover northeast of Monto.

The truck driver was the sole occupant and was pronounced dead at the scene at Balls Rd in Bancroft.

On Tuesday, May 7, three people under the age of 30 died on South Burnett roads on the second day of National Road Safety Week.

A 24-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman died in a single-vehicle crash in Upper Yarraman, after the driver of the utility lost control and crashed into a tree along Hunters Rd at 9am.

The male driver, Jarllin Anderson, and his female passenger were both from Kingaroy.

Late that evening, another fatal crash was reported on the Burnett Highway.

A 30-year-old South Burnett woman died after her Mitsubishi Triton twin-cab ute left the road, hit trees and burst into flames just before 11pm.

Initial investigations indicated she was heading north on the Burnett Highway towards Goomeri, just after Redgate Rd.