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Qld town reeling after crash at funeral

AAP logoAAP 8/10/2016

An indigenous community is banding together in the aftermath of a car crash at a funeral viewing that killed a woman and injured 25 others.

Police say the Kowanyama township is struggling to cope in the wake of Friday morning's tragedy.

It's alleged a man drove a council-owned vehicle through the front of a local house as about 50 people gathered to a view a body.

Acting Inspector Michael Gooiker said the community was in shock, with many of those hurt from the same family.

"It's just such a shock the way it's happened that the people appear to be struggling to cope with it and are pulling together and trying to get through it," he said.

The Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council has activated its disaster management plan, while extra police resources have been deployed to the township of just over 1000 people.

A 55-year-old man has been charged with murder and was remanded in custody when he faced Cairns Magistrates Court on Saturday.

The case will be next mentioned on November 7.

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