Emergency services at a fatal car crash on the Peak Downs Highway at Coppabella, in which two boys were killed.
Emergency services at a fatal car crash on the Peak Downs Highway at Coppabella, in which two boys were killed. Photo RACQ CQ Rescue

Moranbah family devastated as two boys die in car crash

A MORANBAH family has had their lives torn apart after two brothers were killed in a fatal car crash on Friday.

The boys, 15 and 9, were travelling in the back of a sedan being driven by their parents.

Both were flown to Mackay Base Hospital and are in a stable condition.

As a result of the impact, personal belongings, clothing and groceries were strewn across the road.

Tyre marks could also be seen on the bitumen.

One vehicle was seen travelling sideways on a straight section of the Peak Downs Hwy and collided with another vehicle just east of the turn off to Coppabella township, Mackay Police District duty officer Senior Sergeant Dave Parnell said.

It was raining when the sedan, which was travelling towards Moranbah, and a small refrigeration truck collided about 12.44pm.

Another motorist had to take evasive action to avoid a crash, Snr Sgt Parnell said.

"It's always disheartening when (children) are involved," he said.

He said the road was closed briefly while the RACQ-CQ Rescue chopper landed to transport the father and mother, aged 48 and 44, to hospital.

The truck driver was treated for minor injuries.

Police, ambulance and firefighters were on scene. State Emergency Service volunteers assisted with traffic control.

Snr Sgt Parnell urged motorists to be "extremely vigilant" and "drive to the conditions".

"If it's raining (motorists) need to increase their following distances to other vehicles," he said.

"Driving conditions change with the weather."

The deaths have increased the Mackay district's road toll to 21 over the past 10 months. Last year the annual road toll for the region was 23.



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