Police dismiss ‘balancing stones’ theory after double fatality


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Police have dismissed suggestions a motorbike crash, which killed two people yesterday, was caused by the balancing stones near Wangetti. IMAGE: Supplied.

CAIRNS police have hosed down speculation a double fatality on the Captain Cook Highway was caused by the ‘balancing stones’.

Commentary on social media has been rife the tragic motorbike crash that killed two people was caused as a direct result of the popular tourist stop.

Newsport spoke to Wangetti resident Duane Cash in February who warned it was only a matter of time before a fatality occurred.

“Seriously, whose hands will the blood be on if someone is killed?” he said at the time.

However, Senior Constable Russ Parker said yesterday’s accident could not be attributed to the balancing rocks or any parked cars nearby.

“The Forensic Crash Unit investigators are of the opinion the tragedy had nothing to do with the balancing stones,” he said this morning.

“This was a terrible tragedy.”

Whose hands will blood be on if someone is killed?

Investigations are continuing into the incident, which occurred north of Ellis Beach.

A 50-year-old man and a 45-year-old female died on the Captain Cook Highway when their motorcycle collided with an oncoming sedan.

Witnesses reported seeing erratic driving along the famous stretch immediately before the tragedy.

“Preliminary information suggests around 2.40pm a motorcycle and a sedan collided on the Captain Cook Highway,” police said in a statement.

“The rider and pillion passenger of the motorcycle….were pronounced deceased at the scene.”

The driver and two passengers of the sedan were uninjured in the crash, which closed the Captain Cook Highway for several hours yesterday afternoon.

Cairns Forensic Crash Unit investigators are appealing for anyone with dashcam vision of the incident or
who witnessed the crash to come forward.

If you have information which would help contact Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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