Teen injured in horror head-on crash dies

One of the vehicles involved in a fatal head-on traffic crash near Dalby.
One of the vehicles involved in a fatal head-on traffic crash near Dalby.

UPDATE: A 17-year-old woman who sustained critical injuries in a traffic crash at Nandi near Dalby yesterday has died in hospital.

About 11.50am, police were called to the Moonie Highway following reports of a serious two vehicle crash.

Preliminary investigations indicate that a van and utility collided on the highway, about 5km west of Dalby.

The driver of the van, a 43-year-old Curra man, was found deceased at the scene.

The 17-year-old woman from Weranga was one of the passengers in the van. She was airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital, where she died as a result of her injuries yesterday afternoon.

The driver and passenger in the utility were not injured.

The Moonie Highway was closed for a number of hours while officers from the Forensic Crash Unit conducted investigations.

Investigations are continuing.

EARLIER: Passing drivers stepped in to help a teenager fighting for her life after a crash in which a man was killed.

They were first at yesterday's fatal two-vehicle crash in which a 43-year-old man from Curra, near Gympie, died.

The incident between a Ford Ranger utility and Mitsubishi Delica minivan occurred 10km outside Dalby on the Moonie Hwy at 11.51am.

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A New South Wales man, who wanted to be known only as Phil, was one of the first people to arrive at the horrific crash.

Phil was trained in first-aid and said he did everything he could to help the seriously injured 17-year-old Weranga woman.

"There's not much you can do, but I just held her hand and said 'don't worry'," he said.

"She was already unconscious. All I could do was comfort her."

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Dalby police sergeant Sean Relf said the head-on collision happened near the two-lane Myall Creek bridge.

"We'll look at whether speed, fatigue or diver inattention at this time were factors as well as other options. We don't know at this stage," he said.

The 17-year-old woman was taken to Dalby Hospital with head and internal injuries.

She was flown in a critical condition to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

An eight-year-old boy and 64-year-old woman were also injured in the crash and taken to hospital. A 24-year-old woman sustained a fractured arm.

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Dalby Fire Station captain Ian Tuppack urged drivers not to become complacent on the roads.

"Certainly the last couple of months have been quiet in terms of car accidents in the region, but this kind of thing is very unpredictable."

Authorities are investigating.



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