Passers-by tried to extinguish fiery fatal crash in Valley
UPDATE: A grieving family tonight is facing a heartbreaking wait for police to confirm the worst after a shocking single vehicle crash in the Lockyer Valley at the weekend.
Forensic investigators have been forced to resort to dental records to definitively identify the sole occupant of a vehicle found engulfed in flames on the Gatton-Clifton Rd on Saturday.
Darling Downs Country Patrol Acting Inspector Regan Draheim said the remains, found inside the Hyundai Sonata sedan off the winding country road, would be given investigative priority in an effort to give the person's family closure.
"I know that it will be prioritised due to the nature of the incident and we will try and find out as soon as we can so the next-of-kin can put their minds at ease," he said.
"Also, for anybody else who might think that it would be someone they know."
Insp. Draheim said the crash had taken its toll on responding emergency services and the witnesses who came across the crash about 5.30pm Saturday.
He said investigations suggested the vehicle had been travelling along the road when it "collided with a number of trees which has caused the vehicle to somehow catch alight".
"Several witnesses have attempted to extinguish the flames with no success," he said.
He said the impact of serious traffic crashes went beyond the victims' immediate family and friends.
"It's not just the people impacted by the fatal crash itself … but also the witnesses and other passers-by including emergency services workers," he said.
"They're all impacted by fatal traffic crashes and this was particularly nasty."
Insp. Draheim said the crash was a reminder for all drivers in the region to be mindful of the conditions.
The weekend crash follows a serious crash two weeks ago in which a motorcyclist sustained critical injuries in a collision with a 4WD.
8.45AM: Police will use dental records to determine the identity of a person killed in a single vehicle crash in the Lockyer Valley at the weekend.
A police spokesman said forensic investigations would continue today in an effort to identify the driver and sole occupant of the Hyundai Sonata which crashed and caught fire on the Gatton-Clifton Rd near Mount Whitestone about 5.30pm Saturday.
The spokesman said police would use dental records to formally identify the driver.
The intense fire destroyed the car and has made formal identification difficult, the spokesman said.
He said police were hopeful of confirming the person's identity today.
Initial investigations suggest the vehicle had been travelling south on the Gatton-Clifton Rd when it left the road surface and collided with a number of trees before catching fire.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services arrived at the scene at 5.41pm and battled the blaze, leaving the scene about 8.40pm Saturday.
6.30AM: Police were last night still trying to ascertain the identity of the driver and sole occupant of a vehicle which caught fire after crashing on the Gatton-Clifton Rd in the Lockyer Valley.
Police Media reported a motorist had come across the scene of the accident near Mount Whitestone south-west of Gatton about 5.30pm Saturday.
Initially police investigations indicated the car was travelling south on the Gatton-Clifton Rd when it left the road and collided with a number of trees adjacent to the roadway.
The car caught fire and was destroyed.
Two Queensland Fire and Emergency Service units and one Rural Fire Brigade team attended the crash site.
The driver is believed to have died at the scene.
As of last night police could not advise as to the age or sex of the deceased.
The accident remains under police investigation.