UPDATE: POLICE say high-speed is likely to blame for a horror four car crash that sent cars hurtling into buildings on the Gold Coast overnight, killing an innocent woman and injuring up to six others.
Emergency services were called to the intersection of Marine Parade and Railway Street, Southport shortly before 11.30pm on Saturday following reports of a serious multi-vehicle accident.
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More than a dozen emergency vehicles responded, including police, fire and ambulance.
On arrival, they were greeted by a scene of destruction.
Police said initial information indicated that a vehicle travelling south along Marine Parade had crossed onto the other side of the road and slammed into three vehicles travelling in the opposite direction.
One car was impaled into the side of the Southport Medical Centre on the corner of Railway Street and Marine Parade.
Another flipped and slammed into the front of a chemist on the opposite block, while two others lay strewn over the road, the footpath and bitumen littered with debris and shattered glass.
Firefighters scrambled to free a number of people who were trapped in the wreckage.
In all, paramedics treated seven people of all ages, with multiple patients transported to hospital – the extent of their injuries unknown.
It was later confirmed that the driver of one of the vehicles travelling north, a 32-year-old woman, died as a result of her injuries.
Police are investigating whether speed, inattention or wet weather contributed to the cause of the crash.
Motorists were advised to avoid the area while the scene was examined and cleared, with northbound lanes not reopening until 5am.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact police.