Daily News Roundup

May 20, 2019

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MONDAY May 20

A police manhunt is underway for a male driver of a black 2007 BMW X3 hatchback that caused a seven-vehicle crash that killed two men in Brisbane’s inner north.

The car was believed to be speeding on Lutwyche Road at Windsor shortly before midnight when the driver lost control.

It collided with a moped travelling in the same direction that was being driven by a 32-year-old man from East Brisbane.

The BMW then veered into the southbound lanes and became airborne, colliding with a Subaru driven by a 23-year-old Acacia Ridge man.

The car then also collided with a Jeep, before flipping onto its roof.

Two people driving the BMW fled from the car on foot, but a 24-year-old Aspley woman was injured and taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The man on the moped and the driver of the Subaru died at the scene.

Three other vehicles travelling on Lutwyche Road at the time also sustained minor damage.

Daniel Bragg, inspector of the crash, described the scene as “chaotic”.

“I’m led to believe it became airborne and went flying through the air, impacting on traffic coming towards it on the other side of the road, leaving an absolutely devastating scene.” he said.

“This is possibly the worst traffic accident I’ve seen in more than 30 years of policing,” he said.

“It’s quite devastating to see something like this, some innocent lives have been lost,” Inspector Bragg said.

I’d love to be able to say that some of the people involved in this incident could have done something to prevent this, but I think unfortunately they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Forensic crash unit investigators are appealing for witnesses and dashcam vision of the black BMW.

They would like to hear from anyone with information on the movements of the car and its occupants.

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The ABC election computer is predicting the Coalition will secure the majority of government with at least 77 seats, as the Liberals appear set to secure Bass, Chisholm, Boothby and Wentworth.

Labor held Bass and Chishold, while Wentworth was in the hands of independent Kerryn Phelps prior to the election.

“As far as I’m concerned on the numbers to come Bass will be the 76th seat. Postals and absent votes favour the Coalition in Bass and they’re already ahead,” ABC chief election analyst Antony Green said.

“At some time today Bass will tick over to become the 76th seat, delivering the Government majority.”

Green said he expected Chishold would become the 77th seat with Boothby and Wentworth already in the Liberal count.

Green stated “The Coalition have a certain 75.”

“Bass will be 76 and Chishold looks like to be 77 and 78 is a possibility with Macquarie, but that is in doubt.”

Liberal candidate, Dave Sharma has been locked in a nail-biting-too-close-to-call content with incumbent MP Ms Phelps for the second time in just seven months in Wentworth.

Mr Sharma looks to have prevailed in the seat once held by former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, reclaiming the seat for the Liberals with a 16.6 per cent swing again Dr Phelps.

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The series finale for Game of Thrones broadcasts around the world today at 11:00am AEST.

Over the course of eight years and 72 episodes, the show has become an unprecedented phenomenon, shaping television landscape.

ABC news, asked their readers on Facebook Messenger to share their memories of the show as well as their thoughts towards the final season, ahead on the last episode. Here’s how they responded:

Feeling very nervous! My friend and I have been watching (many times through hands over eyes) whilst drinking many special teas from around the world or hot chocolate over the years! Life has changed, children have married, grandchildren have come along, grown up, houses have changed, one of us has retired, one of us encouraged the other to go to the gym! We still have to finish a GoT jigsaw (halfway through!) but we have thoroughly enjoyed our journey and think we will just start watching it from season 1 and enjoy it all over again!” – Dianne

I feel pretty indifferent now. The last two seasons have been at best mediocre, and I’m just ready for it to be done. That said, I like being part of the wider conversation about the show — gotta keep up with the memes. My work colleagues and I even have a regular Tuesday morning meeting, “Gripe of Thrones”, to vent. I’ll miss that more than the show.” – Bethany

“I feel pretty indifferent now. The last two seasons have been at best mediocre, and I’m just ready for it to be done. That said, I like being part of the wider conversation about the show — gotta keep up with the memes. My work colleagues and I even have a regular Tuesday morning meeting, “Gripe of Thrones”, to vent. I’ll miss that more than the show.” –  Gemma

“I’m disappointed how it is all panning out, mainly in Dany’s “journey”. Now just a woman too cranky to manage the expectations of being a good leader. The cute fella will get the gig — disappointing.”- Sarah

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