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A 53-YEAR-OLD man died and two oth­ers were taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter a two-car crash on the Bruce Hwy.

Queens­land’s first hol­i­day road fatal­ity hap­pened about 12.45pm on Christ­mas Eve, about 20km north of Gin Gin.

Gin Gin po­lice Sergeant Tim Mar­ri­nan con­firmed the man was from High­fields, near Toowoomba, and said next of kin had been no­ti­fied.

“A white car was trav­el­ling north and a red car was trav­el­ling south,” Sgt Mar­ri­nan said.

“One of the ve­hi­cles ended up on the wrong side of the road and we had a head-on crash.

“It has re­sulted in the death of the pas­sen­ger of the white car.”

Sgt Mar­ri­nan said by­standers at­tempted to per­form CPR with no suc­cess.

The driver of the white car, a woman be­lieved to be in her 50s and the part­ner of the de­ceased, sus­tained chest in­juries and was trans­ported to Bund­aberg Hos­pi­tal by am­bu­lance.

A pas­sen­ger in the red car, a man in his 60s, was air­lifted to Bund­aberg Hos­pi­tal with a shoul­der in­jury and a frac­tured arm.

The driver of the red car sus­tained mi­nor in­juries.

The NewsMail un­der­stands one of the first on the scene was Health Min­is­ter Cameron Dick, who was trav­el­ling to Rock­hamp­ton when he came upon the Gin Gin crash.

Other me­dia re­ported that Mr Dick made a call for help and was left dev­as­tated and heart­bro­ken.

He praised the emer­gency ser­vices for their pro­fes­sional re­sponse and urged Queens­lan­ders to drive care­fully.

Sgt Mar­ri­nan pleaded with driv­ers to ob­serve the Fa­tal Five for the re­main­der of the hol­i­days.

“Christ­mas Eve is one of our busiest days on the roads,” he said. “So please be care­ful.”

The Bruce Hwy was closed for sev­eral hours and re­opened about 5pm.

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