Twin survives head-on crash that tragically killed his brother

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Tributes have poured in for a 12-year-old boy who died in a horrific car crash over the weekend in Queensland, while his twin brother remains in hospital with serious injuries.

At around 6.40pm on Sunday a Nissan Patrol collided with a Toyota RAV4 travelling in the opposite direction on the Bruce Highway at Gregory River.

Stirling Edwards-Bland, 12, died at the scene, while his twin brother Austin and their mother Tracy were taken to Proserpine Hospital.

The sole occupant of the Nissan, a 45-year-old man, was also taken to the hospital, Queensland Police said.

Tracy has been discharged from the hospital, while Austin was taken to Mackay Base Hospital by air, The Courier Mail reported.

A Queensland family was involved in a horrific car crash on Sunday night, with a 12-year-old boy dying at the scene. Source: 7News
A Queensland family was involved in a horrific car crash on Sunday night, with a 12-year-old boy dying at the scene. Source: 7News

Austin had been swimming at the NQ Games in Townsville on the weekend and the family was just 30km from their home when the crash happened.

According to 7News, Austin sustained serious injuries to his pelvis in the crash.

Athletics North Queensland said in a post on Facebook Stirling was also involved in athletics.

"Stirling has been a member of Whitsunday Athletics for many years and was a very active child, competing in a range of sports in North Queensland," the post said.

"He has travelled to a range of competitions in North Queensland and is known well by fellow athletes and officials."

Stirling Edwards-Bland, right, and twin brother Austin (left).
Stirling Edwards-Bland died at the scene, while his twin brother Austin (left) survived.

Athletics North Queensland passed on their condolences to the family, as did Whitsunday Athletics Club Inc, where Tracy is both the treasurer and coach.

"It is with great sadness that we inform our athletics community of the passing of one of our young athletes in a tragic accident over the weekend," Whitsunday Athletics Club Inc said.

Queensland Police's Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the circumstances of the crash.

Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service (RACQ CQ Rescue) said on Sunday the crash was an "absolute horrific tragedy".

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