Two teenagers dead in highway smash

A SEDAN carrying seven teenage boys has crashed into another vehicle on the New England Highway north of Toowoomba, killing two and seriously injuring four others.

The impact of the crash caused the car to explode into flames, trapping some of the occupants inside including two boys who police believe were travelling in the boot.

A 16-year-old boy died at the scene while a 17-year-old died while undergoing surgery at Toowoomba General Hospital.

One youth, 16, was flown by Careflight helicopter to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital; another, aged 17, has been flown to Gold Coast Hospital; and a third, aged 16, was flown to the Princess Alexandra Hospital, all with life-threatening injuries.

Of the two remaining boys, a 17-year-old remains in Toowoomba General Hospital with serious injuries however he is expected to survive. The seventh occupant of the vehicle, a 17-year-old, received only minor injuries and has been released from hospital.

The driver of the other vehicle, a man aged in his 50s, also suffered serious injuries however they are not considered life-threatening.

Debris from the crash was scattered across a wide area of the New England Highway, forcing the two northbound lanes to be diverted while police investigations were conducted at the scene, however both have now been re-opened.

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