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Three killed in horrific collision

THREE people are dead and another man is in a serious condition after their car collided with oncoming traffic on the Warrego Highway.
THREE people are dead and another man is in a serious condition after their car collided with oncoming traffic on the Warrego Highway. Dave Noonan

AN Ipswich mother and her two young sons are dead after an horrific smash on the Warrego Highway, 45km east of Toowoomba, Monday afternoon.

The family was returning home to North Booval at 2.17pm when the Commodore sedan they were travelling east in lost control.

It crossed over the medium strip, on to the wrong side of the highway and collided head on with a B-Double grain truck.

The car was torn into two pieces, with debris left strewn along both sides of the highway for about 100 metres.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Gatton station officer Noel Einam said it was one of the worst accidents he had attended.

"It’s not particularly nice because, as you can see, the vehicle is in several pieces," he said.

The mother, 45, was in the passenger seat and her two sons, 8 and 17, were in the back seat.

The woman’s de facto partner, 46, was driving the vehicle and was flown to Brisbane in a Queensland Emergency Services helicopter with only minor injuries.

"Considering what we’ve seen here today, and the three deaths, it’s miraculous he hasn’t got very serious injuries," Inspector Lyle Mitchell, southern region traffic co-ordinator, said.

While the crash occurred on a section of the Warrego Highway notorious for truck accidents, Insp. Mitchell said there were no indications the truck driver was to blame.

He suggested road conditions could have contributed.

"This is a tragic reminder to us all to drive to the conditions of the road all the time," he said.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating. The driver of the truck was treated on the scene for shock.


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