CRASH SITE: Emergency services rushed to the intersection of Nicklin Way and Minkara St at Warana yesterday afternoon. No one was seriously injured, though many were left shocked.
CRASH SITE: Emergency services rushed to the intersection of Nicklin Way and Minkara St at Warana yesterday afternoon. No one was seriously injured, though many were left shocked. Patrick Woods

Family trauma as van and four-wheel-drive collide

A FAMILY comforted each other in the aftermath of a three car smash at Warana that severely damaged their four-wheel drive.

A woman and a boy were transported to Nambour General Hospital in a stable condition yesterday after the smash in the southbound lanes of Nicklin Way.

Police said a white van and a four-wheel drive towing a caravan collided at the intersection of Minkara St.

Witnesses said the van travelled through a red or amber light before hitting the family's four-wheel drive side-on. Another car was also damaged and vehicles ploughed into a traffic light.

A Police Media spokesman said there were multiple calls to Triple 0 from witnesses.

Nearby shop owners raced out to help where they could.

When paramedics arrived they assessed six people either sitting on the ground or lying on the footpath, before the woman, boy and the driver of the van were transported to hospital.

Traffic chaos continued when just minutes later a truck and two cars collided nose-to-tail in the southbound lane of the Bruce Hwy at Palmview.

Traffic banked up as far as Sippy Downs as emergency services rushed to the scene.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said a woman and two children were taken to Caloundra Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The afternoon traffic continued to build as the two cars and a truck blocked one lane of the highway about 800m north of the Ettamogah Pub.


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