The scene of a serious crash at South Kolan.
The scene of a serious crash at South Kolan.

Son says mother drove road daily for 30 years before crash

PATRICIA Levi had driven the Bundaberg Gin Gin Rd every day for more than 30 years and was not far from home when her life was tragically cut short.

The son of the 65-year-old, David Levi, has paid tribute to his mum after she was killed in a horrific head-on collision Monday night.

"She was a devoted Nanna to her grandchildren and was looking forward to being a Nanna again later this year," Mr Levi said.

 

DOUBLE FATALITY: Two South Kolan women have lost their lives after a traffic crash on the Bundaberg Gin Gin Rd.
DOUBLE FATALITY: Two South Kolan women have lost their lives after a traffic crash on the Bundaberg Gin Gin Rd. Mikayla Haupt

"Our spirit has been broken and our hearts ache. She will be sorely missed but always loved and remembered.

"Our family would like to thank emergency services, first responders and those that have offered support to our family in this time of heartache."

Witnesses to a horrific crash that killed Mrs Levi and 58-year-old Kaylene Carter, both from South Kolan, were visibly distressed by the carnage they saw.

Even hardened police officers were shaken by the severity of the head-on collision.

The crash happened about 7.50pm between a Mitsubishi Triton ute and a Mitsubishi Outlander. Both women were driving at the time.

One witness said the sound of the crash was like nothing he had ever heard.

Inspector Pat Swindells said it was believed the body of one of the women was ejected from the vehicle on impact.

A 27-year-old woman and her two children, a six-year-old girl and four-year-old boy - the grandchildren of one of the deceased - were passengers in the other vehicle and were taken to hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

"The children were properly secured in the vehicle and that undoubtedly saved them from significant injuries," Insp Swindells said.

He said another witness to the double fatality attempted to save one of the victims.

"I have been told that a witness drove across the traffic crash and attempted to resuscitate one of the deceased, however this was unsuccessful," he said.

The crash closed down both lanes of Bundaberg-Gin Gin Rd for a number of hours and police redirected traffic in both directions.

Earlier on in the night another witness, who lives nearby, also helped with the redirection.

Insp Swindells said the tragedy was a reminder to all drivers to slow down.

"We are seeing far too many of these traffic crashes at night and we are asking people to be aware of your surroundings and take your time," he said.

The crash is being investigated by the Forensic Crash Unit.

UPDATE 10.45PM: POLICE have told of the harrowing details of how a witness to a double fatality attempted to resuscitate one of the victims.

Inspector Pat Swindells fronted media tonight about the horrific crash that claimed the lives of two people on Bundaberg Gin Gin Rd.

He said the head-on collision, which killed the drivers of a Mitsubishi Triton Ute and Mitsubishi Outlander, was being investigated by the Forensic Crash Unit.

Insp Swindells said multiple patients, including two children, were among the injured.

"I believe they are the grandchildren of one of the deceased and the daughter of the deceased was passenger in that vehicle," he said.

"Their injuries are considered to be non-life threatening."

Insp Swindells said a witness, one of the first at the scene, had tried to help.

"I have been told that a witness drove across the traffic crash and attempted to resuscitate one of the deceased, however this was unsuccessful," he said.

The crash happened about 8.30pm on Bundaberg Gin Gin Rd.

Insp Swindells said the tragedy was a reminder to all drivers to slow down.

"We are seeing far too many of these traffic crashes at night and we are asking people to be aware of your surroundings and take your time," he said.

UPDATE 9.03PM: Police have confirmed two people have died after a horrific crash on Bundaberg Gin Gin Rd.

A Queensland Police Service media spokesman said emergency services were called to the two-car collision at South Kolan about 7.50pm.

"The drivers of both the vehicles are deceased," the spokesman said.

"It is believed they are both females."

The police spokesman said a number of other occupants of each vehicle were injured and taken to Bundaberg Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police are warning drivers to avoid the area with lengthy delays expected.

 

Both lanes of Bundaberg Gin Gin Rd have been shut after a double fatality.
Both lanes of Bundaberg Gin Gin Rd have been shut after a double fatality.

EARLIER: EMERGENCY Services are currently at the scene of a serious crash at South Kolan.

The crash has shut down both lanes of Bundaberg Gin Gin Rd with police diverting cars in each direction.

NewsMail reporter Mikayla Haupt is at the scene and said the incident was serious.

"A white ute has been severely damaged," she said.

"It is currently sitting off the road with the tray crushed in and buckled.

"Emergency services are working quickly with many crews coming to and from the scene."

It is believed two cars were involved in the crash, the white ute and a sedan, which happened just before 8pm.

A witness, who lives nearby, was earlier helping to divert traffic.

He said the sound of the crash was like nothing he had ever heard.

Ms Haupt said a line of cars were currently backed up towards Weir Rd.

"If you are travelling towards Gin Gin, please avoid the area," she said.

More to come.



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