Horror smash claims life of young father of two
A YOUNG father of two is the latest road fatality after a horror smash on the Warrego Hwy west of Toowoomba.
Police are investigating what caused a Nissan Pulsar sedan driven by 43-year-old Dalby man Jason Moody to cross into the path of an oncoming truck.
The vehicles had been travelling along the Warrego Hwy when, about 2.45am, Mr Moody's car crossed into the eastbound lane and into the path of the truck.
Mr Moody died at the scene about 5km west of Jondaryan.
The 59-year-old truck driver, from Brisbane, escaped without injury but was left shaken.
Forensic investigators are trying to determine the cause the crash which occurred on a straight stretch of level highway in a signed 100kmh zone.
Initial investigations indicate Mr Moody had been travelling west toward Dalby when his sedan crossed the centre line.
The small vehicle was destroyed on impact with the 2014-model Freightliner truck.
The truck had been pulling two empty trailers.
Investigators said the truck was also badly damaged in the crash which, after colliding with the sedan, left the highway and smashed into a tree.
Police said the truck driver had done an excellent job of keeping the heavy vehicle upright.
"Police implore the public to pay attention and take care when driving," Toowoomba Forensic Crash Unit Senior Constable Jon Reid said.
Mr Moody's death brings the Darling Downs road toll to a heartbreaking 19 since the beginning of the year.
Nine people have been killed in seven crashes in the past eight weeks in the region.