UPDATE 6.30PM: A FAMILY has been ripped apart after both parents were killed in a horrific fatal crash at Welcome Creek.

While a 15-year-old girl - not related to the family - remains in a Brisbane hospital following the single-car rollover.

Steven and Caroline Hutchinson, both aged 37, died on Saturday after their out-of-control car travelled from the right to the left side of Gooburrum Rd before rolling.

The couple's two sons, aged five and 17, were also in the car but escaped with minor injuries.

The 15-year-old girl, believed to be the girlfriend of the 17-year-old son, was flown to Brisbane overnight Saturday in a stable condition.

Flowers have been left at the side of the road and yesterday friends of the Hutchinson's were struggling to understand how the tragedy unfolded just metres from the family's home.

Bundaberg road policing unit officer-in-charge Sergeant Marty Arnold said police would investigate speed, driver behaviour and whether all passengers were wearing seatbelts.

"We're investigating the behaviour of the driver at the time of the crash including possibilities of speed and seatbelts," he said

"It appears he (Mr Hutchinson) has lost control."

The NewsMail understands both the 15-year-old girl and Mrs Hutchinson had been flung out of the car during the crash.

Sgt Arnold said any death on the road was a tragedy especially when a family lost its parents in avoidable circumstances.

"Once again these serious crashes and deaths are attributed to the fatal five and people make silly mistakes through inattention and driver behaviour," he said.

"We're pleading with the public, especially during the school holidays to drive within the rules and just don't take unnecessary risks."


SUNDAY : THE 15-year-old girl seriously injured in a fatal crash Welcome Creek on Saturday has been flown to a Brisbane hospital in a stable condition.

The crash claimed the lives of a 37-year-old man and woman - the driver and passenger of the car.

The couples two sons, aged 17 and five were also in the car when it rolled on Gooburrum Rd but they escaped with minor injuries and have been discharged from hospital.

The 15-year-old is believed to be a friend of the family.


POLICE are investigating a single-vehicle traffic crash at Welcome Creek near Bundaberg where two people have died this afternoon.

Initial investigations suggest the crash happened just before 2pm when the vehicle containing five people left Gooburrum Rd and rolled.

Police confirmed two people, a man and a woman both aged 37, died at the scene.

Three others were injured, a 15-year-old girl with serious injuries, a 17-year-old man and a five-year-old boy both with non-life threatening injuries.

All three were taken to the Bundaberg Hospital.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.


ONLY moments away from home, a family trip to an adjoining farm has turned tragic with two dead and another in serious condition.

QAS senior operations supervisor Martin Kelly said it appeared that four of the people involved in the fatal crash were part of the same family.

A mother and father, believed to be in their 40s, have died after the driver lost control of the vehicle along Gooburrum Rd at Welcome Creek.

The father, understood to be the driver of the vehicle, died at the scene.

The NewsMail understands the mother was flung from the vehicle as was another woman, a friend of one of the family members.

She is believed to be in her teens to early 20s.

The young woman suffered serious injuries and has been taken to Bundaberg Hospital in a serious condition.

"She's got serious head and chest injuries and problems with her airways as a result of those injuries," Mr Kelly said.

Two other patients, a young man believed to be in his 20s and a five-year-old boy suffered only minor injuries, but were taken to Bundaberg Hospital for observation.

Mr Kelly said the crash happened about 2pm and within a few hundred metres of their family home.

"Some people in a house nearby immediately ran out to provide some assistance and looked after the patients until emergency services arrived," he said.

Mr Kelly said the tragic nature of this fatal crash was a reminder for all drivers to be vigilant and maintain safety at all times when on the road.


TWO people have tragically died in a horror crash on Gooburrum Rd at Welcome Creek.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman confirmed it received a call about 2pm to attend the single-vehicle rollover.

Three people have been taken to Bundaberg Hospital with a woman in her 20s in a serious condition.

A man and five-year-old boy were taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Emergency services remain at the scene.

Gooburrum Rd remains closed and police advise motorists to seek other routes.

Police continue to investigate the cause of the crash.

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