HIGHWAY TRAGEDY: Police are investigating a fatal crash north of Emerald.
HIGHWAY TRAGEDY: Police are investigating a fatal crash north of Emerald. Kristen Booth

DOUBLE TRAGEDY: Teen dies in hospital after CQ crash

UPDATE: A TEENAGE girl critically injured when she was thrown from a ute which crashed last night has died in hospital.

The 19-year-old girl, who was a passenger in a ute which crashed along the Gregory Highway, about 22km north of Emerald, was initially airlifted to Brisbane.

She had suffered critical injuries and underwent treatment at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

Police tonight confirmed the woman had died in hospital.

The Forensic Crash Unit is continuing to investigate.

12.30PM: A 19-YEAR-old woman remains in critical condition following a single vehicle crash near Emerald that killed a 28-year-old man.

The crash occurred about 11pm last night along the Gregory Highway, about 22km north of Emerald, a Queensland Police spokesman said.

Both occupants were ejected from the vehicle.

The man died at the scene from his injuries.

The woman was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital where she remains in a critical condition, a spokeswoman said.

Officer in Charge of Emerald Police Station, Senior Sergeant Peter McFarlane said the Forensic Crash Unit was assisting with the investigation.

"While it may be some time before we establish the cause of this crash, it is a timely reminder that we all should take steps to be safe on our roads," he said.

"If we keep the fatal five in mind every time we drive, it will dramatically reduce the chances of being involved in a serious traffic crash.

"Wear our seat belts, obey the speed limit, don't drink or drug drive, avoid driving whilst fatigued and don't be distracted by mobile phones. This will assist greatly in getting to your destination safely."

6.05AM: A MAN has died and a woman has been critically injured after a crash north of Emerald overnight.

Police said the crash in Capella occurred about 11pm when a utility travelling on the Gregory Highway was involved in the single vehicle incident.

Both occupants were ejected from the vehicle.

The man who was in his 20s died at the scene from his injuries.

The woman who is also in her 20s was flown to Brisbane by the Royal Flying Doctor Service in a critical condition.

Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

Three other people were hospitalised across the region last night when cars rolled in Proserpine and Clermont.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.


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