TRAGEDY: Chinchilla press conference – Chinchilla Tara Rd fatal crash.
TRAGEDY: Chinchilla press conference – Chinchilla Tara Rd fatal crash.

Driver fights for life after three die in fiery crash

THE extent of the tragedy on Chinchilla Tara Rd continues to unfold, as more details emerge about the horrific crash that has left three dead and one woman in a critical condition.

Five people were in the sedan when it hit a tree and erupted into flames on the Western Downs road before 6pm on Thursday night, May 21. 

Three people died at the scene and one woman, understood to be the driver, is now fighting for her life.

Acting District Superintendent for the South West Gareth Channells said the sedan overtook a vehicle at a high speed before losing control of the car and colliding with the tree.

"The vehicle has lost control and sadly run off the road into a tree and caught fire sometime after that," he said.

"The three people in the back seat of the motor vehicle sadly died as a result.

"The male passenger in the front seat was able to get out and pull the driver from the car and the emergency services arrived sometime afterwards and provided what support they could."

Mr Channells said that speed may have been a factor, and investigations are underway to ascertain whether drugs and alcohol were involved.

Chinchilla received decent rainfall through the day, and Mr Channells said the road was substantially wet which may have contributed to the crash.

"The roads were still damp and wet so the conditions may have played a part," he said.

"Our investigations will continue in the coming days to try and get a better understanding of what actually occurred and what the contributing factors were.

"Our sympathies and thoughts go out to family and friends."

The horror scenes at the Chinchilla crash. Photo: 7 News
The horror scenes at the Chinchilla crash. Photo: 7 News

Those first on scene, Mr Channells said, were confronted with a highly distressing scene.

"The scene would have been extremely confronting and challenging for the witnesses and the first responders," he said.

"We have tried to address the welfare (of all of those involved)."

Acting Officer in Charge of Miles Ambulance Station Bryce Williams said the driver, a 42-year-old woman, was airlifted to the Princess Alexander Hospital in Brisbane and is in a critical condition.

"She has serious abdominal and chest injuries which were critical in nature," he said.

There were five people travelling in the car; two men from Tara, aged 35 and 36-years-old and a 40-year-old man from Dalby who tragically passed at the scene, the female driver, and the remaining passenger, a 49-year-old man from Tara sustained minor injuries.

Forensic investigations are continuing into the crash.