Double fatality: Teenager still in critical condition

18th April 2017 6:03 AM
UPDATED 21st April 10:17 AM
Helicopters at the scene of a double fatality on the Bruce Highway two kilometres north of Tiaro.
Helicopters at the scene of a double fatality on the Bruce Highway two kilometres north of Tiaro. Alistair Brightman

UPDATE (Friday April 21): A TEENAGER seriously injured in a fatal crash outside Tiaro earlier this week remains in a critical condition in Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

A spokesperson from the hospital confirmed the teenager and Hervey Bay resident Leanne Gayler were still being treated in ICU, with Ms Gayler now in a "serious condition".

Her husband, Don Gayler, remains in a stable condition in Hervey Bay Hospital.

EARLIER: The victims in a fatal crash outside of Tiaro earlier this week continue to be treated in different hospitals, with one still in a critical condition.

Hervey Bay's Don and Leanne Gayler were transferred to separate hospitals earlier this week, with Mr Gayler still in a stable condition in Hervey Bay Hospital

A spokesperson from Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital stated Mrs Gayler was still in a critical condition.

The Gaylers were airlifted from the scene on Monday, along with a 14-year-old teenager who remains in a critical condition in Royal Brisbane.

No other details of their conditions are available at this time.

EARLIER: HERVEY Bay lawyer Don Gayler and his wife Leanne have been identified as two of the victims in the horrific Tiaro crash.

Mrs Gayler is currently fighting for her life in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

She is in a critical condition in the ICU.

Mr Gayler was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital and is in a stable condition, undergoing treatment.

Hervey Bay resident Don Gayler is in hospital after the fatal Tiaro crash.
Hervey Bay resident Don Gayler is in hospital after the fatal Tiaro crash. Karleila Thomsen

EARLIER: A police media spokeswoman has confirmed members of a Brisbane family were killed in the crash on the Bruce Highway near Tiaro on Monday afternoon.

The spokeswoman said a 30-year-old woman killed in the crash was driving the vehicle believed to be hit head on in the collision.

The male passenger who died was a 22-year-old.

A 14-year-old boy, who was also travelling in the vehicle, was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Gympie acting sergeant Jon Roche confirmed two Hervey Bay residents had been airlifted to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a serious condition following the crash.

 

EARLIER: A MAN and woman are dead and four are in hospital after a crash on the Bruce Highway between Gympie and Maryborough marred the final day of the Easter weekend.

Emergency services were called to the multi-vehicle collision 6km north of Tiaro about 3.10pm.

Police confirmed two people were killed. Another was seriously injured.

The head-on crash caused holiday traffic chaos.

 

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Gympie Police Patrol Group Acting Inspector Paul Algie said it appeared a vehicle had been in the overtaking lane when it veered right, clipping another vehicle before colliding head-on with a third.

"The driver and passenger of the third vehicle were killed instantly," he said.

The highway remained closed until about 10 o'clock last night.

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The tragedy caused mass delays as families returned from Easter celebrations.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said fire crews battled two car fires that broke out at the crash site.

Two dead after crash in Tiaro: Acting Inspector Paul Algie addresses the media following the horror smash in Tiaro.

Among those injured was a man in his 20s who was flown to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious condition with pelvic injuries and leg fractures.

A male teenager and a woman aged in her 50s were flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a stable condition after they sustained abdominal injuries.

Paramedics confirmed another man was taken to hospital, while four other victims were assessed at the scene but declined further treatment at hospital.

Police were last night urging motorists to delay their travel plans and to avoid the area as the Forensic Crash Unit investigated the incident.

The crash was a horror end to an otherwise fatality-free long weekend.

But Easter traffic clogged the highway from Brisbane to north of the Sunshine Coast.

The Bruce Highway was congested for about 40km from Caboolture to Palmview.

Police said more than 3700 motorists were detected speeding on Easter Sunday including a motorcyclist who was allegedly travelling at 183km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Sunshine ­Motorway.

Police also charged a 25-year-old man with drink- driving after he was allegedly caught with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.252 per cent at Mornington Island on Sunday night.