Three dead after car flips, explodes on remote road; 7-year-old girl survives

THREE people believed to be from the same family have been killed after the vehicle they were travelling in flipped and burst into flames on a remote road in northwest Queensland.

A seven-year-old girl was the only occupant to survive the triple fatality, which occurred on the northern side of Gregory, roughly 300km north of Mount Isa, just before 6.30am on Wednesday.

Due to “communication barriers”, police were unable to confirm the fatalities until just before 4pm.


Police say the vehicle appeared to have been travelling north along Wills Developmental Road, around 40km north of Gregory when it rolled and caught fire.

Emergency services raced to the scene of the crash, 950km inland of Townsville, but it was too late.

Three people, believed to be a woman and two children, were found dead at the scene.

Miraculously, a seven-year-old girl managed to escape the wreckage with only minor physical injuries.

There are reports the deceased occupants are the surviving child’s mother and siblings.

Police say they are yet to be formally identified.

The sole survivor has been airlifted to the Mount Isa Base Hospital for treatment. She’s in a stable condition.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The Mount Isa Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.