Crash victim was 'happy, outgoing girl': twin sister
TEENAGER Abby Payne has bravely paid tribute to her twin sister just a day after losing her in a tragic car crash on the Western Downs
Emily Payne, 16, was killed after the silver Holden sedan in which she was travelling crashed into a tree beside Cameby Rd near Chinchilla about 12.15pm Sunday.
Abby said she and her younger sister were separated at birth by only seven minutes.
"Although she was the younger sister she always looked out for me," Abby said.
"She was so strong minded and anyone who knew Em knows that it was this quality that made her who she is.
"She had a vibrant personality and a laugh that will be missed by everyone."
Abby said her sister enjoyed dancing, keeping fit and being with friends.
"Emily was a great sister to myself and our brother Sam.
"She was a loving girlfriend, friend and daughter who will never be forgotten.
"It is such a terrible tragedy to have lost such an influential person from our lives.
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"Emily has left a hole that will never be replaced but she will always be remembered for the happy and outgoing girl that she was."
The driver of the Holden, an 18-year-old woman, was taken to Chinchilla Hospital with leg fractures and an abdominal injury in a serious condition.
She was then flown by the Rescue 500 helicopter to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane where she yesterday remained in a stable condition.
Chinchilla police said the two girls were nearly home, having been returning to a relative's property on Cameby Rd before the incident.
A mechanical inspection of the vehicle is expected to be undertaken this week.