Father dies, kids injured in crash
A MAN was killed and two children were seriously injured in a head-on car crash near Agnes Water yesterday.
The crash happened about 11.30am on Round Hill Road, Miriam Vale, about 4km north of the Fingerboard Road turnoff and 15km from the popular coastal spot.
A 33-year-old Brisbane man died at the scene, and two girls aged three and seven — believed to be the man’s daughters — were flown to Bundaberg Hospital with critical injuries.
“The father and two small kids were in one car, and two people were in the other,” AGL Action rescue helicopter pilot Dick Snell said.
“The man died at the scene and the girls were taken to Bundaberg Hospital.”
Reports that there were four children in the sedan could not be confirmed by police yesterday.
Two patients from the other vehicle were taken to Bundaberg Hospital, one suffering serious injuries.
Six police cars, four ambulances, fire crews, and the rescue helicopter attended the isolated scene.
Witness Janette Young said one of the vehicles was completely destroyed in the impact.
“It was pummelled on every side — the doors were six or seven metres away from the rest of the car,” Mrs Young said.
“I didn’t see any skid marks on the road.”
She said other witnesses reported hearing children screaming and crying after the crash, and they were warned away from the scene by emergency services workers.
The narrow road was closed for several hours after the crash, with traffic from hundreds of holiday-makers snaking back kilometres in both directions.
“There were literally hundreds of cars,” Mrs Young said.
“It was mostly people on holiday — some of them were giving up and turning around.”
As traffic banked up, investigators from the Queensland Police Service Forensic Crash Unit arrived to examine the scene.
Four people were also injured in a second crash at Deepwater, about 30km from the first accident, just after midday.
One patient was taken to Bundaberg Hospital with head injuries.
The fatality was the first on the roads for both Bundaberg and Gladstone regions this holiday period, and took the state’s holiday road toll to eight.