Motorist in Sunday's fatal crash was familiar with roads
THE 26-year-old woman who died in a horrific head-on collision on the Cunningham Hwy lived locally and was familiar with the area, police said.
For reasons which are still unknown, the driver of a late-model Holden ute travelled the wrong way down the Redbank Plains Rd off-ramp at Blackstone, making it about 100m on to the highway before she collided with a white four-wheel-drive ute.
The woman in the Holden was pronounced dead at the scene, while the male driver of the four-wheel-drive was seriously injured in the collision and had to be cut from the wreckage.
He was rushed to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he remained in a critical but stable condition yesterday.
The man is understood to have sustained multiple broken bones and is facing a lengthy recovery.
Inspector Dave Preston said police had spoken to the deceased woman's family in an effort to establish where she was headed at the time of the crash - about 10.30am Sunday.
"She was a local and her parents also live in the Ipswich area," Insp Preston said.
"She would have travelled on that road regularly.
"The investigation is going to take some time."
Initial investigations suggest both vehicles may have been travelling less than the 100kmh speed limit before the impact.
Inspector Preston said forensic crash investigators were hoping to use data from each of the vehicles' on-board computers in an effort to shed light on events leading up to the crash - including the speed at which both were travelling, and possibly whether or not either driver had a chance to apply brakes before the collision.