Three men have died after a car hit a tree and caught on fire in Queensland’s Western Downs region.
About 5.50pm yesterday a car with five people was travelling in Crossroads, south of Chinchilla, when it crashed into a tree and caught alight.Two men, aged 35 and 36, from Tara, and a 40-year-old Dalby man died at the scene, police said.
The female driver, 42, sustained serious injuries to her abdomen and chest and was taken to Chinchilla Hospital before being transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.
A 49-year-old male passenger, from Tara, sustained minor injuries to his shoulder, abdomen and chest and was taken to Chinchilla Hospital before being transported to Toowoomba Base Hospital.
Acting Superintendent Garrath Channells described the accident as “tragic” and said first responders were confronted by difficult scenes.”Unfortunately that single vehicle motor accident caused the loss of three lives which is extremely tragic,” he said.
“It would appear that the vehicle has overtaken another car at speed, they’ve travelled a short way further down the road.”They’ve lost control and sadly run off the road and collided with a tree.”The vehicle has caught fire some time after that collision.
“The three occupants in the rear seat of the motor vehicle sadly died as a result.”The male passenger on the front seat was able to get out and remove the driver from the car.”
Queensland Ambulance Service’s Bryce Williams, Acting Officer in Charge, said it was too soon to tell what kind of impact the passenger’s interventions had in saving the woman’s life.
“The initial Chinchilla crew that arrived were confronted with quite a horrific scene,” Mr Williams said.Supt Channells said initial investigations appeared to suggest weather conditions may have played a role in the accident.”We’d had rain pretty much all day.
The roads were still damp and wet so road conditions may have played a part,” Supt Channells said.Investigations by the Queensland Police Forensic Crash Unit are continuing.Police said they were yet to speak to the driver of the vehicle, who is still in a critical condition in hospital.
– Reported with AAP