Topics:  allora, fatal crash, new england highway

Woman dies in horror hwy crash

This 59-year-old man was behind the wheel of the silver Mazda that was involved in the fatal accident near Allora on Tuesday.
This 59-year-old man was behind the wheel of the silver Mazda that was involved in the fatal accident near Allora on Tuesday. Georja Ryan

A 59-YEAR-OLD Berat woman was killed in an horrific head-on collision on the New England Hwy, north of Allora on Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency crews were called at about 2.40pm after a number of reports were made to police about an erratic driver headed towards Warwick from the direction of Gatton.

A 59-year-old male in a silver Mazda MX5 reportedly swerved in and out of traffic at high speeds, running others off the road and eventually hitting the female victim's vehicle. Her name had not been released on Tuesday night.

Police are yet to determine where the man was from, but it is understood he was treated at the Warwick Mental Health Unit last week. Witnesses at the scene alleged the man was "out to kill someone".

Jody Patti and Susan Stadler of Stanthorpe were travelling home from Toowoomba when they saw the MX5 approaching.

"We'd just passed the Allora turn off and he was coming up behind us doing at least 180kmh with his hazard lights on," Mrs Patti said.

"He swerved around us and aimed for a four-wheel drive to try and hit it and ran them off the road.

"Sixty seconds later we turned up here and this was it." Mrs Patti said they saw the man running from the accident site and Mrs Stadler took off after him.

"He was very abusive and then he just collapsed," Mrs Stadler said.

Mrs Patti said she ran over to the crushed blue sedan and tried to find a pulse on the female driver.

"I couldn't get one," she said. "I was just praying for her."

Police conducted a breath test at the scene and were awaiting results to indicate whether any intoxicating substances were involved. No charges had been laid at the time of print.



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