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Queensland police are investigating fatigue as a factor in the fatal crash that killed two children and has left a toddler fighting for life.
A car carrying a family of six crashed into a dam at Wyaralong, in south-east Queensland, on Sunday afternoon, flipping on to its roof and remaining submerged while passersby and emergency workers tried to pull the occupants from the wreck.
Two children – a five-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy – were pronounced dead at the scene. A one-year-old boy was airlifted to Queensland children’s hospital with critical injuries and another baby received medical treatment at the dam.
The ABC is reporting that the one-year-old has since been downgraded to a stable condition.
A man, 23, and a woman, 33, were taken to the Princess Alexandra hospital with leg injuries. It’s understood they are all from the same family. Both are understood to require surgery but are not in a life-threatening condition.
Queensland police insp Douglas McDonald said the crash was a “tragic and confronting scene”.
The vehicle was travelling on a relatively straight two-lane section of road and the vehicle appears to have veered to the left and struck a three-strand wire road barrier before travelling across the road on to the opposite side and colliding again with the road barrier there. The vehicle subsequently rolled down a stone embankment.
McDonald said on Monday that although it was early in the investigation it did not appear alcohol was a contributing factor.
It is difficult to say at this stage. Alcohol doesn’t appear to be, on initial investigations, a contributing factor. However, we keep an open mind and in particular, as I said, [for] people travelling long distances, fatigue is a real big killer on our roads and that is certainly part of our investigation for this matter.
The family appeared to be travelling a long distance, from the northern Gold Coast suburb of Pimpama to the small town of Pratten where they lived.