Grim new details emerge about horror crash that seriously injured five people: 'Just took her out'

A woman driving a LandCruiser was ‘so close to home’ when her car collided with a Mercedes-Benz on Saturday night, neighbours say.

Paramedics and emergency rescue workers at the two-car crash scene in Brisbane on Saturday night. Debris can be seen strewn across the road.
New details have emerged after a Mercedes-Benz and a Toyota LandCruiser collided at an intersection in the Brisbane suburb of Forest Lake on Saturday night, leaving five people with life-threatening injuries. Source: Queensland Ambulance Service

A woman seriously injured in a horror crash on Saturday was metres from her home when her car collided with another, neighbours have revealed. A Mercedes-Benz travelling south on Forest Lake Boulevard and a Toyota LandCruiser slammed into each other at an intersection in the Brisbane suburb of Forest Lake at about 10.10pm, Queensland Police say.

The 52-year-old female driver of the LandCruiser, who remains in serious condition in hospital, reportedly lived in the area and had just turned onto her street when the accident occurred. Makenzie Lynch told The Courier Mail she was one of the first people to rush to the scene after hearing “a big bang and a big fire”.

“I ran out there and it was quite horrific to look at,” she said, adding she saw debris scattered across the road and a man hanging out of the Mercedes. Lynch said that while she didn’t know the woman behind the wheel of the LandCruiser, she often saw her driving on the street.

One of the cars involved in the crash flipped on its roof on the street.
Witnesses have described the scene as 'horrific', with one neighbour revealing the driver of the LandCruiser was just metres from her home at the time. Source: Queensland Ambulance Service

“She was just pulling into our street off the main road. They just took her out, so close to home,” she told the publication. “Another lady was there… and they got scissors to help free the woman trapped.”

Another nearby resident said she heard “an almighty boom” at the time of the crash. “I was laying in bed, almost asleep and – just boom,” she told Nine News. “I thought, oh, what was that? And then I just waited and waited and I thought, I’m sure we’re going to hear sirens. And not long after, siren after siren after siren.”

A total of five people were injured in the two-car crash, with speed being investigated as a factor. The 28-year-old male driver of the Mercedes-Benz, his two 22-year-old male passengers and a 20-year-old woman were all taken to hospital with serious injuries.

“We don’t know the exact cause of the incident and members of our Forensic Crash Unit will be attending shortly to see if speed may have been a contributing factor,” a Queensland Police spokesman said.

“The scene behind me, from my experience, would indicate that speed may have been a contributing factor.” Nine News claims there are reports the Mercedes was travelling in excess of 100km/h in a 60km/h zone at the time of the crash.

Left, a knocked down street sign reading 60km/h where the crash occurred. Right, a neighbour talking about the 'loud boom' she heard on Saturday night.
One nearby resident said she heard 'an almighty boom' at the time of the crash (right). Police are investigating if speed was a factor amid reports the Mercedes was travelling over 100km/h. Source: Nine News

Queensland Ambulance Service medical director Steve Rashford described the injuries of those involved as “life-threatening”.

“This is a very high impact crash, involving five patients. All patients suffered a combination of life-threatening injuries, including internal bleeding and multiple fractures,” Mr Rashford said.

“This incident consumed significant resources on an already very busy Saturday night, this included five ambulances, two critical care paramedics and ambulance medical officers and a supervisor.”

In a post on Facebook on Sunday morning, the Queensland Ambulance Service posted “graphic images” of the scene, revealing in the past 48 hours paramedics have attended a “significant number of road trauma incidents where sadly patients have suffered life-changing injuries”.

“We plead with you to take extra care on the roads, drive to conditions and slow down and don’t drink and drive,” QAS pleaded.

With NCA NewsWire

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