Three killed in hor­ror car crash

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Peter Michael and Grace Ma­son

RESCUERS have told how a seven-year-old girl — the sole sur­vivor of a fiery triple fa­tal crash — was found run­ning down a lonely Out­back road cry­ing “Mum and Dad are dead”.

Her hair singed and burnt, with an in­jured shoul­der, the lit­tle girl mirac­u­lously es­caped a deadly fire­ball that killed her par­ents and a sib­ling af­ter their ve­hi­cle rolled and ex­ploded into flames yes­ter­day.

“She saw it all,’’ a res­i­dent told the Cairns Post.

“The lit­tle girl was lu­cid, awake, the whole time of the ac­ci­dent. How she got out alive was a mir­a­cle.

“She was run­ning down the road, bits of smoke com­ing off her, beau­ti­fully dressed in town clothes and shoes, cry­ing out “Mum and Dad are dead, Mum and Dad are dead.’’

Po­lice said the Holden Com­modore crashed on Wills De­vel­op­men­tal Road about 40km north of Gre­gory, four hours’ drive north of Mount Isa, in re­mote far north­west Queens­land at 6.15am yes­ter­day.

“It was a fire­ball, an ab­so­lutely hor­rific scene. The ve­hi­cle was com­pletely in­cin­er­ated with the bod­ies of the oth­ers trapped inside,” said an­other res­i­dent, who asked not to be named.

“My heart crum­ples to think of what that sweet lit­tle in­no­cent girl had to wit­ness.’’

Nearby sta­tion own­ers took the child to their home­stead for a shower and put her to bed to sleep be­fore she was flown by the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice to the Mount Isa Hos­pi­tal where she is in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

The well-known Abo­rig­i­nal fam­ily-of-four, of the tiny in­dige­nous town of Doomadgee, was headed home when tragedy struck.

“Any­one who was at the scene is dev­as­tated,’’ a lo­cal said.

“It’s ex­tremely trau­matic. It has rocked us all to the core, our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with the lit­tle girl.’’

Mt Isa Po­lice Act­ing Supt Chris Hodg­man said po­lice were still work­ing to for­mally iden­tify the bod­ies of the three vic­tims and no­tify rel­a­tives.

Foren­sic Crash Unit of­fi­cers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing and the wreck­age will be towed to Doomadgee po­lice sta­tion to un­dergo a full ex­am­i­na­tion.

Burke Shire Coun­cil Mayor Ernie Camp said it was a tragedy.

“We want to ex­press sym­pa­thy to the fam­ily and best wishes to what ap­pears to be the sole sur­vivor,” he said.

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