Ambos witness horror crash that left two dead

 

TWO people have have died and two are in hospital with serious injuries following a crash in Brisbane's north overnight.

The aftermath of the crash on the Gympie Arterial Rd at Bald Hills caused major traffic delays for motorists travelling into the city from the north this morning.

Police say a car - a Mitsubishi 4WD stolent from a Toowoomba address on Monday - collided with a car heading in the opposite direction in the southbound lanes of Gympie Arterial Rd at Bald Hills about midnight, killing father-of-one Shahid Islam who was on his way home.

The scene of the crash on Gympie Arterial Road in which two people have died. Picture: 7 News Brisbane
The scene of the crash on Gympie Arterial Road in which two people have died. Picture: 7 News Brisbane

Two people were declared dead at the scene - Mr Islam and the 32-year-old male passenger from the stolen car.

The driver, aged 28, and a female passenger, aged 32, were both taken to hospital.

Police say the stolen car was travelling at speed and was on the wrong side of the road.

The car had been spotted on Lutwyche Rd at Windsor at 11.50pm. Police said officers "requested the vehicle pull over" but it allegedly fled at high speed.

The scene of the crash on Gympie Arterial Road in which two people have died. Picture: 7 News Brisbane
The scene of the crash on Gympie Arterial Road in which two people have died. Picture: 7 News Brisbane

The front passenger of the stolen car died at the scene. A woman in her 30s was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

It is understood all three people from the stolen car are from the Toowoomba area.

Southbound lanes of the road were closed until 7.40am this morning as police investigated, forcing all southbound traffic to be diverted onto the Gateway Motorway.

Surrounding roads were also heavily clogged as motorists sought alternative routes.

Police on the scene of a double fatal crash in the southbound lanes of Gympie Arterial Rd. Picture: Bianca Stone
Police on the scene of a double fatal crash in the southbound lanes of Gympie Arterial Rd. Picture: Bianca Stone

Paramedic Matthew Meister said an ambulance vehicle was 100m behind the sedan and paramedics saw the incident unfold.

"... One of our ambulance crews was on the way to hospital with another patient at the time and they actually witnessed the accident firsthand ... so they were able to provide immediate care in some really difficult circumstances just having witnessed that, just going to hospital thinking everything will be OK," he said.

"They could have been involved so we're very lucky not more people were injured or hurt than what there was last night."

At 6.40am, traffic is seen to be heavily impacted on the approach to Gympie Arterial Road (at the bottom of the picture), and on the Ted Smout Bridge near Redcliffe following a separate police incident.
At 6.40am, traffic is seen to be heavily impacted on the approach to Gympie Arterial Road (at the bottom of the picture), and on the Ted Smout Bridge near Redcliffe following a separate police incident.

Mr Meister said the vehicles were "extensively damaged", making it a "horrible scene".

"It's certainly one of (the worst accidents I've seen) - it's tragic and horrible, two people have lost their lives last night and two others have serious injuries and particularly the fact it's night time and truly tragic and quick circumstances, that is horrible," he said.

"It's something that will always be horrible, that's why we encourage people to talk to family, friends, doctors because it's horrible and not something you forget easily."

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the crash and would like to speak to any witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage.