Queensland Road Toll Rises To 15 In One Week After Three More Dead In High-Speed Crash
Queensland police are investigating the death of three motorists in a multiple car crash south of Bundaberg.
Initial investigations suggest a Holden Commodore sedan travelling west on Childers Road at South Bingera collided with a Honda Jazz heading eastbound just before 9am on Sunday.
The Honda rolled and struck a tree on the side of the road before being struck from behind by a Hyundai sedan heading in the same direction.
The driver and sole occupant of the Holden, a 60-year-old Givelda man, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Honda, a 62-year-old South Bingera woman, and her 63-year-old female passenger, also died at the scene.
A 65-year-old man who had been a passenger in the Honda was taken to Bundaberg Base Hospital with serious injuries.
A 65-year-old Pine Creek woman, who'd been driving the Hyundai, suffered minor injuries.
Wide Bay Senior Operations Supervisor Gavin Becker said it is a difficult situation for emergency crews to respond to these types of incidents, seeing "death and human suffering".
"Consequences of a high-speed impact like this are often fatal, if not fatal, (occupants can be) left with severe injuries that are long-lasting," Becker told the Courier Mail.
"These three vehicles have had a significant impact which has resulted in five patients being injured.... Of those five patients unfortunately three are deceased."
The police forensic crash unit is investigating.