A YOUNG Langshaw man is dead after a three-vehicle crash at Amamoor Creek, near the Muster site, on Friday.
The man, 19, is believed to have died instantly when a quad bike he was riding was involved in a head-on collision with a Toyota Landcruiser wagon about 9.30am.
He and a companion, also on a quad bike, were apparently escaping from wildlife rangers who had spotted them in the nearby camping area, riding the unregistered machines near campers.
Camper Grant Anderson, from Springwood, was first on the scene and said the dead man was beyond help, with no pulse, when he arrived.
"Full credit to the rangers," he said.
"They didn't chase.
"When they exited the park, the rangers were about 400m behind them and moving slowly to avoid any danger to campers.
"I could hear the Toyota and see it through the trees, travelling about 35 to 40kmh.
"I could hear the quad bikes quite loudly. Then I lost sight of the four-wheel drive, heard a crash and there was no more noise from the quads."
Mr Anderson said the second rider had collided with the side of the Landcruiser and was on his feet, but erratic and not quite able to comprehend what had happened.
"It was very, very quick. Luckily a local man knew where to get mobile reception and the rangers had UHF."
Imbil Police Sergeant Terry Kennedy said the riders had seen the rangers and taken off.
"The four-wheel drive tried to swerve," Sgt Kennedy said.
"The first rider looked around to check for the rangers and came to a bend in the road.
""He looked around, saw the four-wheel drive and they tried to miss each other and just couldn't. It looks like he died instantly."
EARLIER: A 19-YEAR-OLD man is dead after a crash between a quad bike and a four-wheel-drive on Amamoor Creek Road south-west of Gympie.
The crash happened about 9.35am near a creek crossing causeway across Amamoor Creek, the home of the Gympie Music Muster.
It is believed six people were involved in the crash, one person is dead and three others are injured.
Police are directing traffic at the scene.
More information to come as available.
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