Police seek witnesses
Highway crash claims Stanthorpe couple
POLICE have appealed for witnesses to a horror car crash that claimed the lives of two Stanthorpe people.
The male driver, 72, died at the scene while his female passenger, 76, survived the initial crash after being cut free from the wreckage.
She died hours later in Toowoomba Hospital.
They were Stanthorpe residents.
Allora police Senior Constable Matt Shield said preliminary investigations by the Forensic Crash Unit had indicated speed was a contributing factor in the single-vehicle rollover on the New England Hwy at Spring Creek about 8.30am Wednesday.
Snr Const Shield said several motorists were left shaken after witnessing the vehicle overturn several times.
“They’re essentially first responders in this sort of situation,” he said.
“We believe there are other witnesses so please give Policelink a call on 131 444.”
The vehicle rolled several times, eventually coming to rest on the side of the major highway.
Warwick Patrol Group Inspector Brian Cannon said it was a confronting scene for all first responders and emergency services, and the tragedy would hit home on the Granite Belt.
“All scenes are horrific, all fatalities are avoidable and this is a tragic event that will ripple through the family and will ripple through the community,” Insp. Cannon said.
“Our thoughts are certainly with people who are impacted by this – family, community, friends; the ripple effect is just ongoing.
“Road safety is paramount.
“You need to drive to the conditions; you need to drive in a safe way.”
The double fatality is the latest in a tragic series of road carnage in the
Southern Downs this month.
Insp Cannon urged drivers to slow down and to be careful on the roads.
“I implore everyone who drives on our roads to travel in a safe, sensible manner that ensures we all get to where we’re going alive,” he said.
Forensic Crash Unit investigations are continuing.
❝ You need to drive to the conditions ... in a safe way
— Inspector Brian Cannon
A Stanthorpe couple was killed after a horror smash on the New England Hwy.