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Police 'sick to back teeth of putting people in body bags'

A CRASH investigator has expressed frustration at the region's road toll after a 27-year-old Edmonton man died in a crash at Eubenangee, north of Innisfail, on Saturday night.

The Bruce Highway was closed for four hours after emergency services were called to the intersection with Eubenangee Rd about 10pm.

The driver of a white Holden Commodore lost control of his vehicle at a section of road where cars were stopped due to roadworks.

His vehicle clipped another car before spinning into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Cairns Forensic Crash Unit's Senior Constable Lee Chamberlain said the male driver of the Commodore got out of his vehicle but "became very unwell very quickly".

Despite attempts to resuscitate him, the man died soon after in Innisfail Hospital.

Police said no one else sustained serious injuries in the incident.

Sen-Constable Chamberlain said 11 of the 12 deaths on Far North roads since May this year could have been avoided and police were "sick to the back teeth of putting people in body bags".

"All of those crashes have occurred because of people's bad decisions and noncompliance with the road rules," he said.

"We're a bit over it. We are constantly saying slow down.

"I would like to thank the majority of drivers who do heed the warnings and say to those who aren't prepared to heed the warnings, if you continue to drive in the manner you are, the only outcome is going to be a body bag or a courtroom."

Police did not release the name of the driver who died in the crash, but tributes flowed on social media as news of the tragedy spread.

One friend said: "You were an awesome mate to me! You will be missed …."

"RIP my brother! My condolences to the family, mate. Rest easy, mate. You will me missed," wrote another.

One woman wrote: "Just broke down at work my brother. (I) cannot believe this news. (I) will never forget the memories I shared with you.

"Rest easy … you are loved always and forever."