A FORMER Biloela couple, who died tragically in an accident near Gin Gin last week, were laid to rest by grieving relatives yesterday.
Brendan Weller, 30, and his wife Gaylene, 35, who was pregnant, died in the shocking head-on smash near Gin Gin on April 29.
The pair died instantly when their sedan and an oncoming van collided on a bend of the Bundaberg-Gin Gin Road, about 18km south of Gin Gin, and burst into flames. The accident happened about 2pm.
A man and a woman in the van were seriously injured.
The Wellers had moved to Gin Gin earlier this year from Biloela.
Inspector Kev Guteridge of Bundaberg police described the accident scene as “without a doubt” the worst he had seen this year.
Debris was strewn across the road, which was closed to traffic in both directions as firefighters from Bundaberg and Gin Gin tried frantically to free the injured people in the van.
Bundaberg Fire and Rescue Service station officer Andrew McCracken said the sedan caught fire after the impact and a passer-by had used an extinguisher to put it out.
“We had to make cuts in the van and remove the back seat to get the man out,” Mr McCracken said.
Inspector Guteridge said investigations had started into the cause of the crash.
“I have no doubt driver action caused it,” Inspector Guteridge said.
Brendan's parents, Col and Helene Weller, joined Gaylene's Rob and Heather Peck, who travelled from Victoria, and other mourners for the funeral service at the Gin Gin Community Church at 1pm yesterday.
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