Emergency service personnel work at the scene of the accident, a kilometre east of Kilcoy, yesterday.
Emergency service personnel work at the scene of the accident, a kilometre east of Kilcoy, yesterday. AGL Action Rescue Helicopter

High-speed crash kills three

SUNSHINE Coast paramedics shared the vain fight to save the life of a baby girl who died after an horrific accident near the Sunshine Coast this morning.

The baby and two other people died in the wake of the accident.

The three-month-old survived the initial impact near Kilcoy, west of Caboolture.

She was thrown from unregistered vehicle when it ploughed into a tree on Neurum Road about 2pm.

The 28-year-old male driver and 18-year-old female front passenger died instantly, an emergency services spokesman said.

The baby, who was in the back seat, and the other backseat passenger, a 21-year-old man, survived.

But despite the desperate efforts of emergency services, including three from the Sunshine Coast's AGL Action Rescue Helicopter team, the little girl would succumb to her horrific injuries.

Crew members Dr James Howard, intensive care paramedic Damien Storeywood and crew chief Tony Preston were among those at the scene fighting to keep the baby's heart beating.

Pilot Wayne Thompson said the crew were on their way home from a medical drop off at Royal Brisbane Hospital when they received word of a crash just eight minutes away.

"We were notified one person (the male driver) was deceased, one person was trapped with paramedics performing CPR and a three-month-old baby girl was critically injured," Mr Thompson said.

"When we arrived the female in the car had died and our efforts turned to the baby girl."

Mr Thompson the chopper crew joined firefighters and paramedics.

"It was a huge effort, but in the end there was nothing more we could do."

The woman who was killed was reportedly was the baby's mother and that all occupants in the vehicle had been on their way to Kingaroy.

Sources said a search was on to locate the child's father.

The 21-year-old sole survivor was dazed and walking around the crash scene when emergency services attended.

He had multiple fractures, including the head and neck, and was airlifted by the AGL team to the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

You can help save lives by making your Christmas gift to a loved one be a donation to the AGL Action Rescue Service.

To donate go to Action Rescue or call them on 5458 8700.


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