A HORRIFIC Bruce Hwy crash in which five members of the same family died has been described by police officers as the worst some had seen in their careers.
An elderly Hervey Bay woman, her middle-aged son and daughter and their partners all died at the scene when their four-wheel drive Toyota Prado crashed head-on with a semi-trailer on Sunday afternoon.
Maryborough Superintendent Mark Stiles praised the actions of emergency services and said the crash, about 20km south of Childers, was the worst he has seen in his time on the Fraser Coast.
"It was a terrible set of circumstances and quite a traumatic scene," he said.
"We'll be supporting our staff as much as we can."
Supt Stiles said it was terrible for the whole of Queensland to see five people lose their lives in one incident.
"It is very, very sad and very, very sobering," Supt Stiles said at a press conference yesterday.
About eight crews of police officers from the Fraser Coast and one from Childers responded to the incident. Firefighters, the SES and paramedics also responded.
Supt Stiles reminded the community about road safety and the Fatal Four causes of crashes.
"We all are working to reduce the road toll," he said.
The truck driver was reported to be suffering severe shock when he was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital on Sunday.
Wide Bay Forensic Crash Unit officer in charge Steve Webb said the truck driver had tried to avoid the crash.
"He is obviously traumatised by the experience," Sgt Webb said.
- Robert Walker, 65: Believed to be the driver, of Forest Lake, Brisbane.
- Lily Walker, 62: Robert's wife.
- Elizabeth Walker, 62: Robert's sister, of Hervey Bay.
- Rex Laughton, 74: Elizabeth's partner, of Hervey Bay.
- Helen Walker, 97: Mother of Elizabeth and Robert, of Hervey Bay.
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