A head-on collision involving a car and truck has killed a mother and her four children near Kingaroy, north-west of Brisbane.
- The mother and three of her children, aged under 10, died at the scene
- Another child died while being flown to hospital
- Police described the crash as an “absolute tragedy”
Queensland police said the crash happened when a Nissan station wagon tried to overtake a truck on the Bunya Highway at Kumbia, just before 7:30pm on Monday.
The car and oncoming truck collided before both vehicles burst into flames.
A 35-year old woman from Eli Waters and three of her children, aged under 10, died at the scene.
Another child, a girl aged under 10, was taken to Kingaroy Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
She died while being flown to Queensland Children’s Hospital.
The truck driver escaped with non-life threatening injuries and is being treated in Kingaroy Hospital.
Inspector Graeme Paine described it as an “absolute tragedy”.
“This is a catastrophic incident scene. It’s certainly one of the worst accidents that I’ve ever seen,” he said.
“We will certainly offer whatever support we can to not only to the first responders on scene but also to the family.
“This is a tragic incident scene, the extent of devastation that will come from an incident like this not only for the family of the people involved but also the community.”
The Bunya Highway at Kumbia remains closed and is not expected to reopen for some hours.
A specialist police unit from Brisbane will go to the scene today.