A Queensland woman has died, and four people have been severely injured, following the collision of two four-wheel drives travelling in opposite directions last night.
The crash occurred around 6.20pm yesterday in a semi-rural area on Plunkett Road in Cedar Creek, near Brisbane.
Julia May, a 47-year-old mother from Yatala, died at the scene.
Other members of her family who were in the car at time are being treated in for serious injuries, including her two daughters, aged 15 and 17, and her husband.
They have been transported to the Queensland Children’s Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital and Gold Coast University Hospital, respectively.
The driver of the other vehicle, a 44-year-old Yarrabilba man, was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.
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A huge team of emergency services personnel attended the scene, including 15 paramedics and two rescue helicopters, a Queensland Ambulance spokesperson confirmed.
“The scene was quite confronting, especially with a death on the scene. It took a long time to get that person out of the car,” the spokesperson said.
Queensland Police added that the speed the vehicles were travelling at added to the destruction.
“It’s horrific, two very large four-wheel drives have hit at a great rate of speed,” a representative of Queensland Police Service said.
Nearby residents said the area of road was notorious for accidents, with bends and turns difficult even in good conditions.
Tributes have flown in for Mrs May, saying she will be missed by the community.
An investigation into the crash has been launched and police are urging anyone who may have witnessed it, or has dash-cam footage, to come forward.