A policeman inspects part of the wreckage of a fatal accident on the Warrego Highway which involved a sedan and a semitrailer.
A policeman inspects part of the wreckage of a fatal accident on the Warrego Highway which involved a sedan and a semitrailer. Claudia Baxter

Mum and two sons killed in crash

AN IPSWICH mother and her two sons were killed in a horrific car crash on the Warrego Highway east of Gatton on Monday afternoon.

The family were returning to their North Booval home from Toowoomba when their Holden Commodore sedan crossed from the eastbound lanes into the path of an oncoming semitrailer heading to Gatton.

Three passengers in the car – a 45-year-old woman and her two sons, aged 8 and 17 – were killed in the collision about 2.17pm.

The 46-year-old male driver, believed to be the woman’s de-facto partner, suffered minor injuries and was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Gatton station officer Noel Einam said the accident, which occurred about 10km east of Gatton at Crowley Vale, was one of the worst he had seen.

The car was torn into a number of pieces by the impact of the head-on smash, with the body of the vehicle coming to rest in an adjacent farm yard.

Regional traffic co-ordinator Inspector Lyle Mitchell said given the seriousness of the accident, he was amazed the male driver survived the crash.

“Considering what we’ve seen here today, and the three deaths, it’s miraculous he hasn’t got very serious injuries,” Inspector Mitchell said.

He said the Gatton stretch of the highway had a poor safety record.

“Within five kilometres of the crash there have been a number of crashes in the past,” he said.

Inspector Mitchell said police Forensic Crash Unit officers were investigating what the caused the car to veer on to the other side of the road.

He said the 46-old-driver was able to give a breath test which revealed he had not been drinking, before he was taken to hospital.

Last night he was recovering in a stable condition.

The 55-year-old truck driver, from Cowra, New South Wales, was treated for shock but suffered only minor injuries. Both lanes of the Warrego Highway around the accident were closed for hours, with police diverting traffic through Crowley Vale Road heading west to Gatton and Harm Road heading east.

The highway was later reopened about 7.30pm.

State Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss said he was horrified three innocent people had lost their lives. He has consistently campaigned for safety improvements to the highway.

“I’m calling on the Main Roads Minister to undertake an urgent safety audit of the Warrego Highway,” Mr Rickuss said. “The devastation cannot continue.”



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