A man has been charged with two counts of murder after he crashed his truck into two people in Queensland’s north, police said on Wednesday.
Key points:An Australian truck driver has been arrested over the deaths of two people and is expected to face court next monthThe truck was carrying a load of construction materials and goods to a company in the stateMr Knepper’s bail hearing is scheduled for next monthMr Knoppers wife said the family had lost everything and were devastatedThe incident happened near the small town of Purnell on Tuesday, about 70km south of Brisbane, where a funeral was held for the two victims, aged 40 and 46.
“The family is devastated by the loss of two members of their family, our hearts go out to the families of both men and the community,” Acting Detective Inspector Peter Wright said.
“It is believed that the men, and their partner, were in the middle of work when the collision occurred.”
Police said Mr Knopper was driving his Ford Fiesta, which was involved in an accident at about 4:45pm on Tuesday.
“Two people were killed, and one person suffered serious injuries.
The driver of the truck was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries,” Detective Inspector Wright said, adding he believed he would face a trial in the coming days.
The truck, which belonged to the company Knopple Construction Services, was involved when it collided with a vehicle driven by a 42-year-old man and a 47-year old woman in Purnella.
Detective Inspector Wright described the driver as a “strong, well-liked and experienced individual”, and said the two occupants of the vehicle were in critical condition.
“A lot of hard work has gone into this truck, and it is a sad day to see this happen,” he said.
A total of four people were injured in the crash, police say, but one of them, a 55-year age man, is in a stable condition in hospital.
The company has been contacted for comment.
“There was a very heavy truck load at the time of the collision and the truck collided with the other vehicle,” Detective Superintendent Michael Clements said.
The driver of one of the trucks was taken from the scene and arrested by the state Emergency Service.
“I understand that at this stage the person is in custody and we’re waiting to hear from the police,” Detective Sergeant Clements told reporters outside the Purnells town hall.
“He’s also been arrested and he will be charged with one count of murder.”
A police spokesman said the man who died was a former Australian of the Year, while the other woman was a construction worker.
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