A woman has died after the car she was in crashed into another car travelling the wrong way on a Queensland highway.
The woman, a 32-year-old Chinese national, was a passenger in a car heading south on the M1 at Pimpama about 1am on Saturday.
The car she was travelling in was involved with a head-on smash with another car.
Queensland Police Acting Senior Sergeant Graham Roberson said the other car, driven by a 32-year-old man, was travelling north on the M1 in the southbound lane.
“It was on the incorrect side of the road,” he said.
Queensland Ambulance Service’s Stuart Cutajar said there was an off-duty paramedic onsite “within minutes” but he couldn’t save the woman.
“It was a horrific incident,” he said.
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Both drivers, the other one a 31-year-old woman, have been hospitalised. The man has had blood samples taken.
The north and southbound lanes of the M1 are separated by a nature strip surrounded in fencing.
Police are investigating how the driver ended up travelling in the wrong direction, and how far he travelled before the fatal crash.
Act Snr Sgt Roberson said police were appealing for information on how the crash occurred.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page.