Young man crawled to wreckage to help his dad just to find him dead after truck crash in Queensland

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Father-of-four, 38, thrown into a paddock after horror crash crawls back to the wreckage to rescue his dad - only to find he was already dead

  • Johannes Van Stelten and his father were driving to Townsville from Melbourne
  • They were in their work van with two other man when they crashed with a truck
  • The 38-year-old was thrown from the van but his father was killed instantly 
  • A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Mr Van Stelten's rehabilitation costs 

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A young father-of-four who was thrown from his work van crawled back to the mangled vehicle to try to save his father, only to find he had already died.

Johannes Van Stelten, 38, and his father John were travelling to Townsville from Melbourne with two other men on February 25 when their van collided with a b-double truck.

Queensland Police said the van pulled out in front of the truck about 4am on the Bruce Highway in Queensland.

Johannes Van Stelten (pictured with his partner Jayde Spark) and his father John were travelling to Townsville from Melbourne with two other men on February 25 when the work van collided with a b-double truck

Young man crawled to wreckage to help his dad just to find him dead after truck crash in Queensland

John Van Stelten (pictured with his wife Sabina) was killed when the van he was travelling in was cut in half by a b-double truck

The 38-year-old was thrown from the vehicle into a paddock as the work van was split in half. 

As he dragged himself to the mangled wreck to help his 59-year-old father, Mr Van Stelten saw his battered and bloody body on the road.

The 59-year-old was killed instantly along with another Townsville man, Mark Dunstan, who was the driver of the van.

A 31-year-old Gympie man also survived alongside Mr Van Stelten and both were placed into an induced coma.

The father-of-four is currently in intensive care with severe injuries including a fractured spine, broken ribs, both ankles broken, a broken elbow and could lose a kidney.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the 38-year-old's rehabilitation and support for his four children, Blaze, Tahlia, Mana and Harlow,

Young man crawled to wreckage to help his dad just to find him dead after truck crash in Queensland

The father-of-four is currently in intensive care (pictured) with severe injuries including a fractured spine, broken ribs, both ankles broken, a broken elbow and could lose a kidney

'Hanz needs all our support to help him with recovery so he can get back to support his family,' the fundraising page reads.

His stepmother, Sabina Van Stelten, told the Townsville Bulletin the 38-year-old father was conscious and fighting hard for his life.

'He is conscious ... we are going down to see him soon but he is badly injured,' she said. 

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