Seven teens in horrific car crash
A SPLIT-second decision to overload a car has left two teenagers dead and three others fighting for their lives.
Seven teenagers and a 58-year-old man were involved in a horror head-on crash near Highfields on Saturday night.
Southern Region Police Inspector Glenn Doyle said the boys had been at a Highfields party and had arranged for a second car to take them back to Toowoomba.
However, when the ride failed to show up they decided two of the boys would ride in the boot of the 1989 Ford Fairlane.
Insp Doyle said the car was travelling south on the New England Highway when it lost control, ploughed through the median strip and crashed with an oncoming car just before 10pm.
Paramedics desperately tried to save William Hutchison, 16, however, he sustained major head trauma and died at the scene.
It is believed William was sitting in the rear seat behind the driver.
Hamish Stewart, 17, was in the boot at the time of the crash and died during surgery at the Toowoomba Hospital in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Henry Keevers, 16, Nick Bergen, 17, and Tim Coonan, 16, were all airlifted to major hospitals. They are all in a critical condition.
The driver Dom Hodal, 17, is in a serious but stable condition at the Toowoomba Hospital.
Lech Blaine, 17, suffered minor injuries and was discharged from hospital in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Lech was the front passenger.
William, Hamish, Henry, Nick and Dom are Year 12 students at Downlands College while Tim and Lech are Year 12 students at St Mary's College.
Some of the boys are boarders.
Kingaroy resident Robert Price, 58, was driving the Holden Viva that the teenagers hit.
Mr Price suffered internal injuries and was in a serious, but stable, condition at the Toowoomba Hospital last night.
The crash happened about 10 kilometres north of Toowoomba, near the intersection of Lawrence Road.
Insp Doyle said the tragedy would have far-reaching effects.
“In a place like Toowoomba, everyone will know someone affected by this tragedy,” he said.
“It will ripple through the entire community.”
Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson yesterday said speed and alcohol were factors in the horror smash.
Mr Atkinson said one of the police officers at the scene was the football coach of one of the boys.
“He took it upon himself to notify the family and he was quite devastated,” he said.