The man’s wife is airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital after the accident just south of Stanthorpe yesterday.
The man’s wife is airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital after the accident just south of Stanthorpe yesterday. Photo courtesy of CAREFLIGHT

Fatal crash on 63rd anniversary

AN 87-year-old Stanthorpe man was fatally injured in a collision on the corner of Whiskey Gully Road and the New England Highway just south of Stanthorpe at 9.20am yesterday.

The man was trapped by the impact of the accident.

His 84-year-old wife sustained injuries to her lower back and pelvis, as well as her chest from the impact of the crash.

She was airlifted by RACQ CareFlight to the Royal Brisbane Hospital in a serious condition.

RACQ CareFlight pilot Tony Miller said it was believed the woman’s husband suffered a cardiac episode while he was driving the vehicle, causing him to drive through a give way sign and into an oncoming vehicle.

A spokesman for the Queensland Ambulance Service said it was the couple’s 63rd wedding anniversary yesterday.

Three ambulance vehicles travelled to the accident scene as well as the helicopter.

The 63-year-old driver of the second vehicle of Kingston, Brisbane, suffered shock and chest injuries and was taken to the Stanthorpe Hospital.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service sent units to the scene from Stanthorpe and Warwick, and the technical rescue truck from Toowoomba.

Last night, police media said the name of the deceased man had not yet been released.



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