A woman has died after a car and truck collided on Wallangarra Rd near Stanthorpe on Saturday.
A woman has died after a car and truck collided on Wallangarra Rd near Stanthorpe on Saturday. Liana Turner

Motorists praised after horror highway fatal

UPDATE: Police have lauded the heroic efforts of passing motorists first at the scene of a fatal traffic crash near Stanthorpe at the weekend.

Stanthorpe police Officer-in-Charge Senior Sergeant Mark Ireland said despite the best efforts of witnesses and responding emergency services, a Carindale woman, 45, died at the scene.

"Police would like to thank all those persons who stopped and assisted at the scene until additional emergency services personnel arrived," Snr Sgt Ireland said.

Initial investigations suggest a northbound Toyota sedan turned into the path of an oncoming Kenworth prime mover on the New England Hwy near the Wallangarra Rd intersection about 3.30pm Saturday.

Two other people in the sedan were taken to Stanthorpe Hospital with injuries, as was the 63-year-old truck driver.

Investigations are continuing.

EARLIER: Two roadside white crosses could be joined by another after a 45-year-old woman was killed in a car crash at Stanthorpe at the weekend.

A car and truck collided about 3.30pm Saturday at the intersection of Wallangarra Rd and the New England Hwy, only a few kilometres from Stanthorpe's CBD.

Emergency crews arrived at the scene to find the Carindale woman unconscious and unresponsive, and performed CPR on her.

About 4.30pm they stopped CPR and the female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 23-year-old male driver of the car and his other female passenger were taken to Stanthorpe Hospital with minor injuries.

The 63-year-old driver of the truck was also taken to hospital for assessment, and was believed to be in a stable condition.

Roadside white crosses could be joined by another after a 45-year-old woman was killed in a car crash
Roadside white crosses could be joined by another after a 45-year-old woman was killed in a car crash Liana Turner

Warwick Police Inspector Brian Cannon said investigations in to the crash were ongoing, though police believed the sedan was hit in the rear by the B-Double truck.

Insp Cannon acknowledged this was not the first crash to occur on the horror intersection.

The two crosses appear to be in memory of 20-year-old Nikki Hassall and her friend Paul who were killed at the intersection in 2003.

There have been more fatal crashes at the intersection since.

One was in October 2012, a 62-year-old man was killed when his car collided head-on with a truck at the southern bypass.

"This location has been the subject of a number of reviews," Insp Cannon said.

"The engineering aspects will be revisited, but at this stage our focus is what has happened here today."

He urged all motorists to take care driving.

"This is a tragic event which will ripple through a community, family and friends," Insp Cannon said.


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