Man charged with domestic violence murder in rural town

A man has been charged with domestic violence-related murder after he allegedly sparked a crash and shut down a major Queensland highway.

A 51-year-old woman was stabbed to death at an property in the rural town of Mighell, near Innisfail, in northern Queensland on Friday afternoon.

The 51-year-old Mighell man, who police will allege knew the woman, is accused of fleeing the scene in a car before police arrived.

The car then collided with a truck on the Bruce Highway at Sandy Pocket, with the man fleeing on foot and allegedly trying to carjack a woman before he was arrested near the road.

Both the truck driver and female driver were uninjured.

Police charged the man with one count of domestic violence-related murder on Saturday and are working to determine whether he might have committed other offences.

They are appealing for witnesses, particularly those with relevant CCTV or dash-cam vision, to immediately come forward.

The man is expected to face Cairns Magistrates Court on July 1.

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