The four Mathew sisters together, with (from left) Anumol, Elizabeth, Anjumol and Asha. Anjumol and Asha died in a car crash near Ipswich.
The four Mathew sisters together, with (from left) Anumol, Elizabeth, Anjumol and Asha. Anjumol and Asha died in a car crash near Ipswich. Contributed

Sisters killed in crash 'wonderful young people'

UPDATE: Two sisters are grieving the loss of their siblings Anjumol and Asha Mathew who died in a tragic car crash yesterday.

Anjumol and Asha's friends and family become worried when they did not return home yesterday after dropping Anumol back to her home in Beaudesert.

Family friend's Ranjeet Vadassery and Anish Mathew had attended the police station to report their concerns and late yesterday night police confirmed the worst after contacting the sisters and next of kin.

The women, 23, and, 18, died at the scene when their car and a truck collided at Peaks Crossing yesterday.

Mr Vadassery said he was devastated by the news.

"They were wonderful young people, and I think it's a very big loss for all of us personally," he said.

TRAGIC DEATHS: Anjumol and Asha Mathew died in a two-vehicle crash at Peak Crossing.
TRAGIC DEATHS: Anjumol and Asha Mathew died in a two-vehicle crash at Peak Crossing. Contributed

"I was shocked, that was my first reaction. There were a lot of tears, and people rallying together in their grief," he said.

He said he met Anjumol about five years ago at the University of Southern Queensland while she studied nursing and he was studying mechanical engineering.

"We both hail from Kerala and it's a small close knit community in Toowoomba," he said.

"Since then a lot of friends have got together on many occasions while we were students with church and cultural activities. She was a good friend of mine and many others."

He said he met Asha about three months ago when she joined Anjumol in Toowoomba to follow in her footsteps.

The sisters' siblings Elizabeth and Anumol and Mr Vadassery are now in Brisbane working with the Indian embassy to bring the women back to India to be buried.

They are among a group of about 50 people from across the state working to make that possible.

The Mathew's uncle who lives in Wollongong is also travelling to Brisbane to be with the family.

Their parents still live in India.

"The embassy has done a wonderful job, and they've called me personally, and they've offered their personal support," he said.

He said the police and community had also shown immense support.

"I've had about 100 calls overnight," he said.

"The police stayed with us for more than an hour yesterday and shared our grief."

In Queensland the road toll this year now sits at 93, one more than this time last year.

EARLIER: The deaths of Toowoomba sisters Anjumol and Asha Mathew in a car crash yesterday has rocked the Holy Name Parish and Indian community.

Resident priest of Holy Name Parish Father Mathew Koottianiyil said the women were travelling back from dropping off their sister in Beaudesert when the crash happened.

The two-vehicle crash happened at Peak Crossing yesterday about 10.10am at the corner of Ipswich Boonah Road and Mount Flinders Road.

Forensic Police officers at the scene of a double fatality on the Ipswich Boonah Road at Peak Crossing.
Forensic Police officers at the scene of a double fatality on the Ipswich Boonah Road at Peak Crossing. David Nielsen

A truck and car collided in the crash where the Mathew sisters died at the scene.

Anjumol studied at the University of Southern Queensland and was a nurse at Lourdes home.

Her sister Asha was following in her footsteps and was studying nursing at the University of Southern Queensland.

Asha had been in Australia for about three months.

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>> How the crash happened

Fr Kootianiyil said the women had moved to Toowoomba and Anjumol regularly attended Holy Name church since 2011.

He said they were outgoing women, active members of the Indian community and his good friends.

Their parents live in Kerala, India, while their uncle lives in Wollongong.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the incident.



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