Sole survivor of triple fatality dies in hospital

UPDATE at 4:42 PM, WEDNESDAY APRIL 3 | THE sole survivor of a horror crash that killed three teenagers in Queensland over the weekend has tragically lost his fight for life and died in hospital.

A passing fisherman found the teens’ Holden Astra upside down in the Tully River, 30km west of Tully, shortly after 1pm last Saturday, March 30.

Police said the vehicle left Tully Gorge Road at speed before plunging into the river where it remained for up to 12 hours before it was discovered.


Tragically, three young men believed to aged in their late teens were found dead inside the vehicle.

Incredibly, a fourth person, a 19-year-old man, was still alive and trapped inside the semi-submerged car.

He was released and airlifted to Townsville Hospital in a critical condition.

Sadly, in a statement this morning, Queensland Police confirmed the young man succumbed to his injuries and passed away on Tuesday night.

The Forensic Crash Unit is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

FIRST on SUNDAY, MARCH 31 | THREE young men are dead and another is in a critical condition, fighting to stay alive in hospital following a horror single-vehicle crash in far north Queensland.

The four men where travelling along Tully Gorge Road when for reasons unknown their grey Holden Astra left the road at speed and plunged into a river near Bridge 15, about 30km west of Tully.

Police said a passing fisherman raised the alarm after finding the vehicle floating upside down in the river shortly after 1pm on Saturday.

Sadly, three young men believed to be aged in their late teens were pronounced dead at the scene.

Incredibly, a 19-year-old man was pulled from the vehicle alive and was flown to Townsville Hospital in a critical condition.

Police said he was trapped inside the semi-submerged car, which they believe may have been in the river for up to 12 hours before being discovered.

The sole survivor remained in hospital on Sunday morning, fighting for his life.

Investigators from the Forensic Crash Unit were expected to return to the crash site today.

Police are appealing for information and would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the men’s grey Holden Astra in or around Tully on Friday night or in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to come forward.

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