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Three taken to hospital after head-on smash

DAMAGE DONE: Police closed the Cunningham Hwy after two vehicles were involved in head-on collision at Willowbank.
DAMAGE DONE: Police closed the Cunningham Hwy after two vehicles were involved in head-on collision at Willowbank. Claudia Baxter

A SERIOUS head-on collision has sent three people to hospital, two with critical injuries.

The accident occurred when a car, travelling along the Cunningham Hwy, crossed the centre line and collided with an oncoming vehicle.

The 2.30pm incident on Saturday was between Champions Way and Coopers Rd in Willowbank.

Both the driver of the first car, a 58-year-old man, and the passenger of the second car, a 57-year-old woman, were transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with critical injuries.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 56-year-old man, was taken to the Ipswich General Hospital with minor injuries.

The Cunningham Hwy was closed in both directions while emergency services attended the scene and the wreckage was cleared.

At the same time in Leichhardt, another vehicle was involved in a head-on collision, this time it was with an electricity pole.

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It was believed a 17-year-old male learner driver lost control of the vehicle, mounted the kerb and struck the pole, which snapped and fell on to the car.

The Gilmore St incident was at about 2.30pm on Saturday. It was alleged the driver was travelling with an unlicensed 16-year-old passenger.

The driver was transported to Ipswich General Hospital with unknown injuries.

Energex crews attended the scene to replace the pole and restore power to affected homes in the area.

Police investigations are still continuing into both traffic incidents.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Topics:  crash, injuries, police, willowbank




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