Miner loses partner, sons in crash

A MINER is mourning the loss of his partner and two young sons, including a three-month-old baby, who were killed in a horror crash near Clermont.

The baby, Eli Castors, his five-year-old brother Tye Castors and mother Kymette Coutts, 29, died at the scene of the crash on Friday afternoon.

The Coutts and Castors families were too devastated to talk about their loss yesterday, but Palm Island Mayor Alf Lacey spoke on their behalf.

Cr Lacey said the crash had left a "big cloud" over the Palm Island community whose prayers were with Ms Coutts's family.

He said Ms Coutts was a well-educated and well-known member of the island community who would be sorely missed.

"Certainly, they were a very well known family in our community. She was a young mother, starting out in life with a very young family," he said.

"They were a very close couple, her and her partner Gary, who was doing well in the mines, was hoping to build his young family's lives.

"Kymette was a teacher aide at the Southern Cross Catholic School at Annandale.

"The teaching staff yesterday (Saturday) afternoon put a small memorial service on at the school.

"No doubt the school community is also devastated, losing one of their most popular teachers.

"It has left a big cloud over Palm, there's a lot of sorrow.

"She was just setting out in life.

"Her partner Gary is also a young, intelligent boy and, as we can understand, he is very devastated at the moment and the families are rallying around him and giving him as much support as they can."

Ms Coutts and her two young children were travelling back to their home in Townsville after visiting Gary, who works at Blackwater.

A police spokesman said it appeared Ms Coutts was overtaking a truck when she lost control of her four-wheel drive Toyota Prado.

The vehicle left the road and overturned on Gregory Development Rd just before 2pm Friday.

The police spokesman the truck driver called emergency services.

The triple fatality was the second on the district's roads in just two weeks.

The region's road toll for 2011 now stands at 22.

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