CAUSE UNKNOWN: The 4WD crashes into a shop after clipping another car. Picture: Peter Bull
CAUSE UNKNOWN: The 4WD crashes into a shop after clipping another car. Picture: Peter Bull

Two killed in shop crash

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL and AAP

POLICE have revealed the male driver of a runaway 4WD, which crashed into a Queensland business and killed a woman, was from the Northern Rivers.

The name of the 54-year-old man from Bentley, north of Lismore, who also died in the crash, had not been released last night.

The accident occurred in Beaudesert, south-west of Brisbane, on Monday morning.

Queensland police said the man had been driving along the Mt Lindesay Highway into Beaudesert about 10.30am.

They said his vehicle clipped a Ford Focus about 2km out of the town centre.

The driver of the Ford Focus lost control of her vehicle and was injured, along with her son.

The man's 4WD then continued to travel along the highway before smashing into an LJ Hooker real estate office on the corner of Brisbane and William streets.

Witnesses reported seeing the man slumped over his steering wheel. Police are still investigating whether a medical condition caused the accident.

The 4WD has been seized for a mechanical examination, and police are examining CCTV footage from the area in the hope of finding answers.

The woman killed in the crash was LJ Hooker property manager Sue West. Four others were injured and taken to hospital.

Ms West's friends yesterday paid tribute to her, saying she was popular at work, loved horses, and cared for her elderly mother.

Ms West reportedly had been back in the office only a few minutes after a coffee break when the 4WD hit the building.



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