Nambour boy, 9, killed in early morning Bruce Hwy crash
POLICE have confirmed a nine-year-old Nambour boy died in a single vehicle crash on the Bruce Highway at Bororen, 50km south of Gladstone, early on Tuesday morning.
The Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane confirmed a four-year-old boy flown there after the crash was still in a critical condition, with life-threatening head injuries.
The driver of the Toyota LandCruiser, a 36-year-old woman, and three other children were transported to Gladstone Base Hospital with serious injuries.
Police are investigating whether the woman, the driver of the vehicle, fell asleep at the wheel before the tragedy unfolded.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said officers were called to the scene on the Bruce Hwy at Bororen at 12.40am.
Six people were travelling south in the vehicle at the time - one woman and five children.
One patient was trapped in the wreckage, and suffered serious head and spinal injuries.
That child was flown from the scene to Gladstone Airport, then to the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane.
Three children and one adult were taken by ambulance to Gladstone Hospital with minor injuries.
Gladstone fire station officer Graham Smith said initial reports had been that two children were still trapped under the vehicle, but on arrival a mother and three of the children had freed themselves.
The fire service found two children were still missing. One was found deceased on the ground 18-20 metres from the vehicle.
The other was located in a tree near the wreckage - that child was transported by air to the Royal Children's Hospital.
Mr Smith said the accident happened 1km north of Bororen, on a straight stretch of road.
"Early investigations suggest the driver was fatigued," Mr Smith said.
Three fire service units attended, from Miriam Vale, Boyne Island and Gladstone, and were at the scene for four hours.
Mr Smith said it appeared the vehicle had rolled several times.
The highway was closed for several hours, but one lane has since re-opened.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.