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Trapped parents got kids out of car before second smash

The scene at the Bruce Highway crash.
The scene at the Bruce Highway crash.

A MOTHER and father who were trapped in their car following a horrific crash on the Sunshine Coast told their children to climb out of the wreckage and wait for help to arrive.

Their car was then hit by a truck, leaving the parents fighting for their lives.

The couple have been named  as Tammy Boyce and Nathan Boorer, of Ipswich.

Ms Boyce, 28, is believed to be 28 weeks pregnant. She  is still in a critical condition in the intensive care unit at Nambour Hospital, while Mr Boorer was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital late yesterday.

The couple's two children - a nine-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl - were  discharged from hospital late yesterday and are being cared for by relatives.

Police believed the initial accident happened when a Subaru, which was reported to have been driven on the wrong side of the Bruce Hwy, slammed into the Ipswich family's vehicle head-on about 10.30pm on Wednesday.

The Subaru's driver, from Rosemount, was killed.

The family was understood to be on its way to Hervey Bay for a camping holiday.

Details of how the accident happened remained unclear last night.

Police believed the Subaru, driven by a 54-year-old man, had been travelling in the wrong direction for at least 5km.

They also were investigating if the man and his 50-year-old passenger were intoxicated. Police had received several calls from motorists that the Subaru was on the wrong of the dual carriageway before the crash.

The crash happened about 1km north of the Nambour-Bli Bli exit.

The red sedan with the family onboard was flung on to the side of the highway, and the other car crashed on to a grass median strip.

A police spokesman said the children had been told by their parents to climb out of the car and stand on the side of the highway where they would be safe.

After emergency services arrived on scene, the doors and roofs off both cars had to be removed to access all occupants.

Paramedics performed CPR on both the parents, who were in critical condition, before they were taken to Nambour General Hospital for emergency surgery.

The children's grandparents made the trip from Ipswich to be by their side yesterday.

The family car had been packed with camping gear, including a tent, ice box, pillows and sleeping bags.

Police said the holiday was going to be the family's final getaway before school resumed on Tuesday.

A 50-year-old man - the passenger in the car in which the driver died - was in a stable condition in hospital last night.

Investigations are continuing.

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