A loyal dog injured in a Queensland crash stayed with his owner for up to five hours before the wreckage was discovered.
Luke McKoy, 28, was killed in a single car collision along the Bruce Highway at Rosemount on Sunday when his car plummeted down a 30 metre embankment.
It is believed he was trying to overtake another vehicle when he lost control of his own car and struck a gum tree.
Mr McKoy’s dog, Major, who suffered a dislocated and broken leg, managed to clamber to his owner’s body before waiting for about five hours for help to arrive, The Courier Mail reported.
Jasmine Nadin, McKoy’s sister, told the publication that the pair had an inseparable bond.
“Major was Luke’s first dog and his best friend,” she said.
She paid tribute to her only brother, saying she “always looked up to him”.
Despite initial hope Major would survive the crash, he has since been put down.
A police officer discovered Mr McKoy’s phone at the crash site, which was displaying a message from his father asking where he was, The Courier Mail reported.
Ms Nadin had set up a fundraising page for Major to cover the costs of surgery. Funds raised will now go towards his cremation, she said.
Road safety warning
Mr McKoy’s death has prompted a warning from police to take care on Queensland roads following a spate of fatal accidents.
“Last weekend was incredibly tragic with a number of serious crashes across the state, some of which have claimed innocent lives,” Acting Superintendent Neal White said.
“These crashes have had an enormous impact, not only on families, but also on entire communities and emergency service personnel.”
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