LATEST @ 12.00 PM | Police believe the 12-year-old boy critically injured in a horror stolen car crash on the M1 this morning was the driver of the vehicle, with an off-duty nurse being praised for saving the youngster’s life.
An alleged stolen Nissan X-Trail, containing five juveniles aged between 12 and 14, was traveling northbound around 1.30am when it allegedly clipped the back of truck near Smith Street.
The vehicle then lost control and slammed into a barrier before erupting into flames with the children still inside.
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Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn said other motorists traveling along the M1 in the early hours saw the commotion and immediately pulled over to help.
“It was heartening that motorists were able to pull over and stop, evidently this vehicle had caught fire, and that brings with it its own dangers if you’re trapped in a vehicle like that,” he said.
“So they were pretty instrumental, I understand, in extricating all of those young people from that car while it was on fire”.
Queensland Ambulance Service Senior Operations Supervisor Adam Flory said paramedics arrived at the “chaotic” scene to find an off-duty nurse from Robina Hospital performing life-saving CPR on the 12-year-old boy.
“As a result of that, that child was placed in an induced coma on scene by our High Acuity Response paramedics and transported in a critical condition to Gold Coast University Hospital,” he said.
The remaining children, including two 14-year-old girls, were transported in a serious condition with chest injuries, while a 14-year-old boy and 13-year-old boy were taken stable with facial injuries.
Gold Coast Police described the incident as “very confronting” and “shocking”.
“Clearly these are very young people… It’s very shocking, now the young man has serious injuries,” Detective Inspector Ahearn said.
“Not only that, he posed a real risk to other road users. And any person of that age, any person without a drivers licence driving a car on our roads is extremely, extremely concerning.”
Police are still trying to piece together the circumstances leading up to the crash and are appealing for witnesses, or anyone with information, to come forward.
“We’re very interested to see if any other road users, even further back on the M1 with dash-cam, might have come across this X-Trail as it’s heading northbound,” Detective Inspector Ahearn said.
“That will certainly inform us of the demeanor of the driving of that X-trail before this collision occurred.
“Any person who was in that area of the M1 northbound at Gaven around 1.30am this morning who have dash-cam, please contact police”.
EARLIER @ 7.10 AM | Five kids have been hospitalised, two in serious conditions, following a horror stolen crash on the M1 early this morning.
Early investigations suggest the car was heading northbound when it allegedly clipped the back of a truck near Smith Street.
The vehicle then lost control and hit a barrier before bursting into flames.
Five kids, all aged between 12 and 14-years-old were injured, with a 12-year-old boy fighting for life and a 14-year-old girl in a serious condition.
#Gaven – Paramedics including critical care and the high acuity response unit were on scene at a serious single vehicle crash on the Pacific Motorway at 01:31am. Five patients in total were transported, two with minor and three with serious injuries to GCUH.
— Queensland Ambulance (@QldAmbulance) December 6, 2021
The truck driver, a 59-year-old man, was not injured in the crash.
Forensic police investigations are now underway.
The car is understood to have been stolen from an address in Palm Beach yesterday.
Anyone with information about the crash is being urged to contact the police.
Queensland Ambulance has released the following information about the specific injuries.
- A male child with chest injuries in a critical condition
- A female in her teens with chest injuries in a serious condition
- A male in his teens with facial and suspected spinal injuries in a serious but stable condition
- A male in his teens with shoulder and facial injuries in a stable condition
- A female in her teens with neck and back pain in a stable condition.
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