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Family's heartbreak as second son dies in separate car crash

The unimaginable tragedy comes amid a horror weekend on one state's roads.

A Queensland community is reeling after the shock death of a "generous and kind" local teenager who died in a horror crash at the weekend, just three years after his older brother was also killed in a similar accident.

Bollier man Cale Gilbert-Hall, 19, was killed after his vehicle collided with a tree at Brooloo on Saturday near the Mary Valley Highway, a little over three years after his elder brother Jorn, also died in an accident just minutes from the same area in 2020.

Cale's Mitsubishi Lancer was found crashed into a tree about 40 kilometres south of Gympie at 9.30am on Sunday, with police believing the accident likely occurred on Saturday night. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The local hospitality worker, an employee of the Imbil Railway Hotel, has been remembered by former his colleagues, who described the teenager as a "popular" staff member with a "good heart", The Courier Mail reported.

Cale Gilbert-Hall
Queensland man Cale Gilbert-Hall died almost exactly three years after his elder brother. Source: News Corp.

Gilbert-Hall family rocked by two deaths in three years

Mr Gilbert-Hall's former boss, Steven Hooper, said that he'd been "well liked during his time at the hotel" and the death was a "tragedy for the family", who had now lost two sons.

Queensland Police revealed it's likely the collision occurred on Saturday evening, with first responders locating the wreck hours later on Sunday.

The brothers' mother Eleanor, a firefighter, was first on the scene at Imbil at the time of Jorn's crash back in August of 2020. She helped crews peel back the roof of his totalled Toyota, which Jorn had been driving when it struck a pole.

Ms Hall rode with her son in a rescue helicopter to the Royal Brisbane Hospital, though he passed away the following day having suffered an “unsurvivable brain injury”.

Cale Gilbert-Hall
Mr Gilbert-Hall was an employee of the local hotel. Source: GoFundMe.

“Jorn was generous and kind and all about family, helping anybody he could,” Ms Hall said at the time. “He‘d give you the shirt off his back, he’d give you his last five dollars.”

The two men are survived by their remaining siblings, Odin, Jera and Jedd.

Horror weekend on Queensland roads

Cale's death comes following a horror long weekend on Queensland's roads.

On Saturday alone, a motorcyclist in his 50s was killed on the Fraser Coast, a 21-year-old was killed at Nanango when his ute rolled into a creek, and, a woman in her 30s was killed at Logan in another crash.

On Sunday, two men in their 30s died after their car crashed into train tracks at Bundaberg.

In 2022, there were 1,194 road crash deaths nationally, according to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts.

Australia's Institute of Health and Welfare reported that in 2021, suicide was the leading cause of death among people aged 15–24 (36 per cent) followed by land transport accidents (19 per cent).

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