A man was killed and three others injured when the car in which they were travelling collided with a truck on the New England Hwy, south of Stanthorpe.
A man was killed and three others injured when the car in which they were travelling collided with a truck on the New England Hwy, south of Stanthorpe.

Driver charged over fatal backpacker crash near Stanthorpe

UPDATE: POLICE have charged a 25-year-old man after the car he was driving on Tuesday crashed, killing a 24-year-old passenger.

Two other male passengers, aged 26 and 29, were taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The French national driver was taken to Stanthorpe Hospital for observation and was arrested by police yesterday afternoon and charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.

He was taken to the Warwick watch house where he remained overnight and was released on bail this morning.

The 25 year old French national is due to appear in the Stanthorpe Magistrates Court on January 29.

EARLIER: A MAN has died after the car he was travelling in collided with an Ergon Energy truck on the New England Hwy, south of Stanthorpe.

Police said a white car, which was carrying four backpackers aged in their 20s, was turning into a mushroom farm about 10km south of Stanthorpe when the collision occurred.

Emergency crews were called to the scene at 3.30pm.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said three other men in the car sustained head injuries.

She said two of those men also sustained neck and chest injuries.

She said three occupants of the truck were not injured.

Three rescue helicopters were despatched to the Stanthorpe Hospital and the scene of the crash to transport the injured men to larger medical facilities.

The New England Hwy was closed in both directions.



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