Head-on claims life of Bay woman
A 20-YEAR-OLD Hervey Bay woman died instantly when the car she was driving collided head-on with another car on the Bruce Highway yesterday.
The woman suffered multiple injuries in the horror crash close to Glenwood State School, south of Tiaro, about 9.20am.
The driver of the other car, an 82-year-old man, was airlifted by the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital with serious injuries.
He suffered head, chest and pelvis injuries and a broken ankle.
Two other people in the Hyundai Sonata, an elderly man and woman, were taken to hospital in Gympie and Nambour.
Fire officers used hydraulic rescue equipment to release the men, believed to be brothers, from the car.
Passers-by and witnesses had pulled the elderly woman from the vehicle before emergency services arrived.
The men were stabilised by ambulance officers from Gympie and Maryborough at the scene.
The dead woman had been travelling south and was the sole occupant of the Nissan Tiida.
“It appears the Hyundai crossed to the incorrect side of the road and hit the other car head on,” said Steve Webb, officer in charge of the Wide Bay Forensic Crash Unit.
The reason the vehicle crossed an unbroken line was unknown.
The Bruce Highway was closed in both directions for about three hours with traffic diverted along the Cooloola Coast Road between Maryborough and Gympie.
The straight stretch of highway one minute south of Glenwood township presented an eerie backdrop to the tragedy as police and fire officers sifted through the wreckage.
The victim's smashed car came to rest on an embankment off the side of the road.
The other car, its make unrecognisable from some angles, sat on its roof in the middle of the highway.
A short distance away the familiar, carefree playground sound of school children was conspicuous by its absence as the investigation continued.
In the opposite direction, to the north, a convoy of 12 semi-trailer drivers waited patiently for the crash site to be cleared after being caught between the road blocks set up by police.