Queensland Fire and Rescue crews and emergency service workers respond to a fatal car accident on the Warrego Highway at Haigslea.
Queensland Fire and Rescue crews and emergency service workers respond to a fatal car accident on the Warrego Highway at Haigslea. David Nielsen

Teenager killed in Warrego smash

A TEENAGER died and three others were injured in a car crash on the Warrego Highway west of Ipswich yesterday.

Emergency services were called to the incident at Haigslea about 2.15pm after two cars collided in the east-bound lanes.

A female, who police confirmed was 18 years old, died at the scene.

She was the passenger in a white Holden Commodore that was involved in the crash. The car’s driver was also injured in the collision.

Two occupants of the other vehicle, a red Toyota Echo, were also injured.

Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics treated the injured at the scene, opposite the Haigslea – Malabar Road exit, and two were taken to Ipswich Hospital.

Their injuries and ages were unknown.

It was believed one of the vehicles was travelling on the west-bound lanes when it crossed into the oncoming Brisbane-bound lanes.

Police have not released where the 18-year-old woman who died was from.

The incident caused major traffic delays. The highway was closed for some time as police, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) officers and ambulance officials attended the accident.

One lane was opened about 3pm while emergency services were still at the crash site.

The highway was fully opened again later in the evening.

Police Forensic Crash Unit officers are still investigating the cause of the incident.

It is not yet known if rain was a factor in the crash, but the Warrego Highway was wet at the time from days of continual rain.

In the present wet conditions, police are urging motorists to avoid flooded roads and creeks.

A spokesman said road closures and road conditions could change rapidly as creeks and watercourses could rise and fall quickly.

Police recommend non-essential travel in flood-affected areas should be limited. The crash brought Queensland’s holiday road toll to nine.



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