Two killed in Leichhardt crash

Baby Melody loses her parents in car crash

A YOUNG mother and father have left a baby girl behind following another tragedy on Ipswich roads.

Driver Ryan Burwell, 27, of Rosewood and his partner Juanita Kirner, 20, of Laidley, were killed when their Holden Commodore skidded off Toongarra Rd at Leichhardt on Tuesday night, smashing into two trees and a fence before slamming side-on into a power pole.

The couple had only just celebrated the birth of their daughter, Melody, on Valentine's Day this year.

A rear passenger - a 29-year-old Karrabin man - sustained serious injuries and remains in the PA Hospital with multiple fractures.

The crash was first reported about 8.50pm, in an accident prone section of Toongarra Rd between Everdinah and Aspinall streets.

Police have pointed to excessive speed, combined with a wet road, as the main contributing factors to the fifth fatal car accident in the Ipswich district in a month.

Inspector Keith McDonald said the forensic crash unit would investigate further, but speed was obviously at play.

"There is a slight right-hand bend and they've come around the corner, mounted the gutter, taken out two trees and wrapped the car around the pole," Insp McDonald said.

Firefighters worked to remove the occupants of the vehicle, using the jaws of life to cut off the front passenger's door.

Paramedics worked on the seriously injured man for about 20 minutes before transporting him to hospital.

Nearby resident Larry Walter said he thought he was hearing thunder when the crash happened.

"The car took out my first palm tree, then the other one, and it was still going like a bat out of hell," Mr Walter told the QT.

Fatal traffic crash on Toongarra Road, Leichhardt on Tuesday night. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Fatal traffic crash on Toongarra Road, Leichhardt on Tuesday night. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

Mother of six Kim Williams said Toongarra Rd was so dangerous at times that she was afraid to get into her car while it was parked out on the street.

Mrs Williams said her thoughts went out to the victims of the crash and their loved ones, but that the public needed to know about the consequences of speeding.

She said the issue was a mixture of impatient drivers and occasional reckless behaviour.

"Earlier this year a woman rear-ended our car while it was parked in front of the house. She pushed it up to the neighbour's house and then took off," she said.

"Another vehicle has already gone through the fence where the fatal happened.

"We are forever watching out for cars and we will wait for traffic to clear before attempting to get into the car that we park out on the street."

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Police are investigating a traffic crash that resulted in the death of two people on Tuesday night in Leichhardt.
Police are investigating a traffic crash that resulted in the death of two people on Tuesday night in Leichhardt. Rob Williams

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