UPDATE @ 10.00am | A SENIOR paramedic, who was one of the first at the scene at a horror crash in Upper Coomera, has spoken of the “confronting” incident which claimed the lives of three people.
Eight paramedics were involved in the mammoth effort to treat four people involved in the crash along Rifle Range Road in Upper Coomera on Sunday night.
The male driver of one of the vehicles and his female passenger died at the scene, while another man in the car died from his injuries in hospital a short time later.
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A fourth man, the 28-year-old male driver of the other vehicle, was taken to hospital in a stable condition with pelvic and leg injuries.
Gold Coast High Acuity Response Unit Paramedic Gary Berkowitz said it was one of the highest fatality crashes he’s attended.
“Three (people) were trapped in various ways in the vehicle,” Mr Berkowitz said.
It took fire crews around half an hour to free those trapped in the vehicles.
“These are distressing scenes,” Mr Berkowitz said.
“As paramedics we are often called to the worst half an hour of someone’s life and our job is to make it better in anyway we can.
“It was quite confronting with members of the public assisting those who were injured.
“Our job was to try and bring at bit of calm and order to the scene and treat those who were the best chance of surviving. So quite confronting with a lot of human sadness.”
Mr Berkowitz admitted these kinds of events do take an emotional toll on even the most experienced paramedics.
“It does certainly take a toll,” he said.
“I think what allows me to rest my pillow on my head and go to sleep at night is that good people did their best to help people who were injured and in pain and suffering.
“We hopefully all got home and realised that we did our best.”
Another patient, who was not involved in the crash but was a bystander, was treated for shock at the scene.
There are reports the car carrying three people may have been travelling at speeds in excess of 150km/hr at the time of the incident. However, police are continuing to investigate the crash this morning.
“We don’t have a history of serious crashes in this area,” Acting Inspector Donna Stewart told Channel Seven.
“It’s quite a nice road and, obviously, the conditions are quite good.
“It will take forensic crash unit a little bit of time to work out exactly why this accident occurred.”
EARLIER @ 4.45am | THREE people have died after a horror crash on the northern Gold Coast.
Emergency services were called to Rifle Range Road in Upper Coomera around 6pm on Sunday after two cars collided at high speed.
The male driver and a female passenger in one of the vehicles died at this scene, while a third man in the car was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.
Sadly, he couldn’t be saved.
A 28-year-old man behind the wheel of the second vehicle was also taken to the University Hospital in a serious condition.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating and Queensland Police are calling on anyone who may have witnesses the crash or may have dashcam vision to come forward.
Tragic scenes in Upper Coomera this evening. Two people have sadly lost their lives after a high speed crash. The forensic crash unit is now investigating @7NewsGoldCoast @7NewsBrisbane pic.twitter.com/hg6vQz2xUU
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