Woman dies after highway crash
UPDATE: A 75-year-old Stanthorpe woman has died after being flown to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital with internal injuries after a head-on smash on the New England Highway yesterday afternoon.
The two-vehicle crash, which happened just after 3pm at Braeside, south of Warwick, left a 37-year-old Stanthorpe woman trapped in her vehicle for hours before being transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital by an Emergency Management Queensland helicopter.
Her condition at the time of printing was said to be serious, with the extent of her injuries unknown.
Firefighters used hydraulic equipment to cut the roof and side of the vehicle with the female driver eventually freed just before 6pm and taken by the helicopter.
An RACQ CareFlight spokeswoman confirmed they transported a 17-year-old man - from Harlaxton - who was travelling in the same car as the trapped driver, from Warwick Hospital in a serious condition.
“The patient has sustained spinal injuries, multiple internal injuries as well as a head laceration,” the spokeswoman told the Daily News.
A second male passenger, a 19-year-old Glen Aplin man, was transported to Stanthorpe Hospital by ambulance with unknown injuries.
The spokeswoman said an elderly couple was travelling in the second vehicle involved in the crash and were taken by road to Stanthorpe Hospital with minor injuries.
The New England Highway was closed in both directions for a number of hours as crews worked to clean up the debris left from the crash.
Motorist Shane Ward was travelling on the highway towards Warwick when he came across the wreckage.
Mr Ward said one of the cars was on fire so he and one of his friends quickly poured water over the vehicle to extinguish the flames.
“We got water and all the liquid we could and poured it over the car to put the fire out – it looked really bad,” he told the Daily News.
Josh Lynam was also one of the first to arrive before emergency services.
“I didn't have a first-aid kit or anything, so I just did my best to keep everyone calm until help came,” Mr Lynam said.
“It was a really nasty smash.”
A Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokesman confirmed two Warwick vehicles attended as well as a technical rescue truck which travelled from Toowoomba.