Driver fined $900 for crash

CORI Castle had worked a 12-hour night shift when he fell asleep at the wheel, crashing his Commodore into a parked car, then ploughing through a steel fence. The apprentice boilermaker was heading for home when the crash happened on April 10 at Boyne Island. Prosecutor Snr Const Sam Pyke told Gladstone Magistrates Court the vehicle mounted a kerb, knocked over a road sign then struck a parked vehicle, with the impact turning it 180 degrees. Magistrate Mark Morrow said that by driving when fatigued and falling asleep at the wheel, Castle had ended up causing a lot…

Driver fatigue causes fourth crash

STANTHORPE emergency services have been pushed to the limit this week attending their fourth traffic accident in as many days on the Granite Belt this morning. A man was transported to the Stanthorpe hospital after running off the New England Hwy at Wrecker Lane, Severnlea at around 6.45am. Sr Sgt Mark Ireland said preliminary investigations suggest the Warwick man fell asleep at the wheel on his way to work at Wallangarra this morning. This follows a spate of traffic accidents on Tuesday where fire and…