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Bystanders praised for role in crash rescue

CRASH SITE: A head-on crash on the New England Hwy has left two women fighting for their lives in hospital.
CRASH SITE: A head-on crash on the New England Hwy has left two women fighting for their lives in hospital. Contributed

TWO women are fighting for their lives in Brisbane hospitals after a horrific head-on car crash on the New England Hwy south of Warwick.

Police are yet to release an official cause of the crash that occurred about 11am yesterday.

A 40-year-old female passenger from the white four-wheel-drive was thrown nine metres from the car when the vehicles collided.

The red car overturned before landing on a fence beside the road.

A fence post narrowly missed the fuel tank.

Glass, wheels, car parts, shoes and bits and pieces from inside both cars were spread across the highway.

Paramedics worked to stabilise the passenger of the white car who lay in the grass on the side of the highway.

Firefighters and paramedics teamed up to free the woman trapped in the red car on the opposite side of the road.

Even with the help of hydraulic cutting equipment, it took firefighters close to an hour to remove her from the vehicle.

The driver of the four-wheel-drive sustained only minor neck injuries.

Two RACQ CareFlight Helicopters and an EMQ helicopter were called to airlift all three patients from the crash site.

The passenger of the four-wheel-drive was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital, the woman from the red car to the Royal Brisbane Hospital and the male driver to Toowoomba.

The crash is not the first to happen along the New England Hwy this year.

Stanthorpe police officer-in-charge Mark Ireland said it was devastating to see yet another crash that could have been avoided.

"There is no reason why this should happen on a straight stretch of road like this," Snr Sgt Ireland said.

Snr Sgt Ireland said police officers from Stanthorpe and Wallangarra were called to divert traffic and investigate the crash.

Multiple firefighter and paramedic crews attended from Stanthorpe and Warwick.

"The paramedics and firefighters are the real heroes today," Snr Sgt Ireland said.

"They have done all the hard work."

Snr Sgt Ireland thanked several bystanders who assisted at the crash scene.

Topics:  car crash, hospital, new england highway




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