The parents of an eight-year-old girl killed in a horrific crash on Thursday afternoon had been travelling in a vehicle behind their daughter and witnessed the tragic accident.
The girl was riding in a car with her sister and grandmother when they collided with a ute on the Bruce Highway near Childers. The driver of the ute was also killed in the crash.
The girl’s 12-year-old sister was seriously injured in the accident, as was her grandmother who was driving.
The family had been driving from the Gold Coast to Bundaberg for a weekend netball competition when the fatal smash occurred.
The tragic accident happened on the Bruce Highway, less than an hour away from their destination, when the sedan and ute collided head-on.
In the car behind them were the parents of the two girls and their friends.
They rushed to the wreckage, but attempts to resuscitate the young girl were unsuccessful.
“They are still on the scene, we are just giving them some space at the present time,” Queensland Fire and Rescue’s Trevor Duncan said at the time.
Two Life Flight helicopters were flown in, airlifting the 12-year-old and her grandmother to Sunshine Coast University Hospital, while forensic police began investigating the tragedy.
The man driving the ute, believed to be aged in his 50s or 60s, was also killed.
The Bruce Highway remains closed with traffic diversions in place.
Firefighters say the crash was amongst the worst they have ever seen.
“It’s definitely up there,” Mr Duncan said.