POLICE believe if a Toyota Rav4 travelling south on Yaamba Rd was carrying passengers in the back seat, a horrific traffic crash yesterday could've been a different story.
Rockhampton police authorities said speed was a likely factor in the three-vehicle crash on the corner of Yaamba and Richardson Rds yesterday morning.
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Forensic Crash boss Sergeant Ray Pimm said a Nissan 4WD and a Toyota Rav4 were travelling south on Yaamba Rd.
The vehicles stopped at the Yaamba-Richardson Rds intersection to turn right into Richardson Rd, in the direction of Lawrence's Holden dealership in Kawana.
Sgt Pimm said it was about 6.20am when the traffic light arrow turned green.
The Nissan and the Toyota were about to make their way into Richardson Rd when a blue Toyota Aurion, driven by an 18-year-old man, rear-ended the Rav4.
Sgt Pimm said although investigations were continuing, the young man was likely travelling at speed.
The impact from the collision was so strong it caused the Rav4 to roll, he said.
A woman, 48, driving the Rav4 broke some of her ribs and sustained possible internal injuries in the crash.
The man driving the Aurion broke his leg and sustained a wrist injury. Sgt Pimm said he had surgery yesterday at Rockhampton Hospital.
A 21-year-old man driving the Nissan 4WD was also transported to the hospital.
Sgt Pimm said it was a good thing no one was in the back seat of the Rav4. He said the crash could've been worse if that had been the case.