Fatal crash near Washpool

Driver may have crossed to wrong side of road in fatal crash

A MAN who had only just celebrated his birthday was killed instantly and four people seriously injured in a horror crash yesterday morning near Peak Crossing.

Emergency services were alerted to the high-speed crash on Ipswich-Boonah Rd - between Limestone Ridges Rd and Johnson Rd - shortly after 7.30am.

Three vehicles were involved in the crash along the 100km per hour section of road.

A Croftby man, 59, who had only celebrated his birthday on Thursday, was killed instantly.

The man, who was driving a Hyundai Getz had his wife and mother-in-law in the car with him at the time of the crash , was travelling north along the road from Boonah to Ipswich when the crash occurred.

A Roadvale woman, 30, who was driving an Hyundai iX35, was travelling behind the trio in the same direction when the incident occurred.

INVESTIGATION: Forensic crash officers inspect the Nissan Micra at the scene of yesterday’s fatal accident.
INVESTIGATION: Forensic crash officers inspect the Nissan Micra at the scene of yesterday’s fatal accident. Inga Williams

Initial investigations suggest a Nissan Micra travelling south from Ipswich towards Boonah was for some reason on the wrong side of the road at the time of the crash.

A Yamanto woman, 22, who was the driver of that vehicle, survived the crash.

The dead man's mother-in-law, 70, who was in the rear seat of the Getz, sustained chest and abdominal injuries in the crash and was transported to Princess Alexander Hospital in Brisbane via helicopter in a critical but stable condition.

The driver of the Hyundai iX35 and Nissan Micra, along with the dead man's wife who was in the front passenger seat, were transported to the same hospital via ambulance in serious but stable conditions with non-life threatening injuries.

All four women remain in a stable condition in hospital.

Acting Senior Sergeant Matthew Thomson said it was terrible and tragic incident for all those involved as well as for their families, friends and loved ones.

He urged all motorists to take care when driving on our roads.

"That particular section of road has had a few serious crashes in the past," he said.

"I urge all motorists to drive cautiously on rural roads and drive to the conditions."

A large section of road between Limestone Ridges Rd and Milbong-Munbilla Rd was closed for the majority of the day while investigations into the crash got under way.

The road was re-opened to traffic at 3pm.

The Forensic Crash Unit's investigations into the circumstances surrounding the crash are continuing.

Police at the scene of a fatal traffic crash at Washpool on Friday morning.
Police at the scene of a fatal traffic crash at Washpool on Friday morning.


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