Young child among four dead in horror Queensland crash

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A young child is among four dead in a horrific crash southwest of Brisbane.

Police were called to Ipswich Motorway at Redbank at around 11:15pm after a multi-car crash was reported.

Early investigations from Queensland Police suggest a black sedan was travelling the wrong way in the westbound lanes of the Ipswich Motorway when it collided head-on with a 4WD.

A car wreckage on the road at night.
Four died in the horrific crash in Brisbane's southwest. Source: Channel 9

No chance of survival

Both vehicles caught fire after the vehicles collided.

According to police, there was "no chance" of survival for the four people involved in the crash.

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said it was an “absolute tragedy” and first responders only found the bodies after putting out the fires.  

“Clearly those poor people in the four-wheel-drive had no chance,” he told Nine’s Today program. “They were doing everything they should be doing, driving on the right side of the road. 

"Our investigations will be thorough, it will take some time for us to uncover what happened here."

The young child was travelling with two adults in the four-wheel drive. They are yet to be formally identified.

The black sedan was being driven by a 34-year-old man.

All westbound lanes of Ipswich Motorway were closed for a number of hours overnight, with the left lane reopening about 5am.

Crash investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the black sedan prior to the crash to come forward.

The Ipswich Motorway is expected to be closed for some time while investigations continue, with Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski warning drivers to check traffic conditions online before venturing out.

with AAP.

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