Four teenagers have been killed in an early morning crash involving a stolen car in Townsville.
The four teens died after the stolen vehicle they were in crashed on the corner of Duckworth Street and Bayswater Road at Garbutt about 4.30am.
The driver of the vehicle was taken to Townsville University Hospital in a stable condition, police said.
“It is a tragedy for the children involved, it is a tragedy for their families, and it is all so confronting to first responders, whether they be police, fire, ambulance. Everyone involved,” Superintendent Glen Pointing told reporters on Sunday.
“No-one wants to see a tragedy like this, I can assure you. It's a terrible outcome. As I said, once again, we feel for everyone involved.”
He said the four individuals, believed to be aged between 14 and 18, were deceased at the scene when crews arrived.
Two of the victims were male and two were female, with their identities yet to be revealed.
The vehicle they were in was thought to have struck a light pole before flipping. Footage from the scene showed a totalled white car and debris strewn across the road.
A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia multiple crews responded to the incident and one male patient in his teens was transported to hospital with minor injuries.
4 children have been killed in a crash and it’s believed the car was stolen. QAS say a male teen was taken to hospital in a stable condition. The Forensic Crash Unit were on scene. A tyre was found hundreds of metres up the road @7NewsBrisbane @7NewsTownsville pic.twitter.com/EsYsBFdeHC— Georgia Simpson (@GeorgiaRSimpson) June 6, 2020
Ten News reported the driver was a 14-year-old.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk described the incident as being "tragic beyond words".
"This is horrific. Four young people have lost their lives and there are four families that will be grieving. It is tragic beyond words,” Ms Palaszczuk told reporters.
Queensland police are expected to release more information later on Sunday as investigations continue.
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