Teens in tributes to lost mates
A SHELL-SHOCKED community has expressed its grief over the tragic deaths of Sunshine Coast teenagers Andrew Spence and Jake Bailey.
The pair were killed after their car and another vehicle were involved in a crash on the Cooroy Noosa Road at Tinbeerwah about 3.56pm on Wednesday.
Good friend and vehicle driver Nathan Palmer, 19, survived with minor physical injuries
A 69-year-old Cooran man, who was driving the east-bound vehicle, suffered a broken sternum and three broken ribs.
Tributes flowed throughout the afternoon paying homage to the fun loving pair and Nathan, their inconsolable surviving friend.
Full coverage of the tributes will appear in tomorrow's Sunshine Coast Daily
Mr Palmer miraculously walked away from the crash west of Tewantin.
The teens died after their white sedan was in a T-bone collision with a silver Renault Scenic wagon.
One teenager, a front seat passenger, was believed to have died instantly.
The other young man, who was in the back left-hand seat, suffered critical injuries.
He died a short time later at Nambour General Hospital.
The driver was taken to hospital suffering from shock.
All three teenagers were from Ringtail Creek, near Tewantin, and were believed to be on their way home.
The male driver of the wagon, a 60-year-old Cooran man, suffered only minor injuries. The wagon was towing a boat.
The double tragedy occurred just 200 metres from the site of a crash that killed 34-year-old Troy Kenzler almost three months ago to the day.
Investigations are continuing into the cause of the collision.
Police say early signs indicate the P-plate driver lost control of the white sedan, which had drifted on to the incorrect side of the road moments before the crash.
The Sunshine Coast’s 2010 road toll, which had previously stood at one, had tripled in seconds.
Sunshine Coast police superintendent Ben Hanbidge said the families of all concerned would be reeling from the tragedy.
Supt Hanbidge urged motorists to exercise caution during wet weather.
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