The wreckage of four-wheel drive involved in a crash where five people lost their lives now sits in the holding yard at Maryborough Police Station.
The wreckage of four-wheel drive involved in a crash where five people lost their lives now sits in the holding yard at Maryborough Police Station. Hannah Busch

Crash scene traumatic for officers

FRASER Coast police have spoken of the traumatic scene where five elderly people were killed on the Bruce Hwy north of Howard.

Superintendent Mark Stiles said this morning the tragedy was the worst crash he had seen in his time in the area.

>>Hear all of what Supt Stiles said about the crash

"It was a terrible set of circumstances and quite a traumatic scene," he said.

The five people were killed when their four-wheel drive collided with a semi-trailer at about 3:45pm on Sunday.

Supt Stiles said the occupants of the car  were all known to each other and it was understood they were from the same extended family.

He said he could not speak highly enough of the emergency services personnel who responded to the crash, which included eight Fraser Coast police crews and one one Childers.

"We'll be supporting our staff as much as we can," he said.

Fire fighters, State Emergency Service and Queensland Ambulance Service also responded to the crash.

A 65-year-old male was driving the four-wheel drive.



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