Shots from single-vehicle rollover at Glen Aplin, south of Stanthorpe.
Shots from single-vehicle rollover at Glen Aplin, south of Stanthorpe. Elyse Wurm

One dead, two seriously injured in horror highway crash

UPDATE: One person has died and two others seriously injured in a horror highway crash in the Southern Downs this afternoon.

Stanthorpe Police's Sergeant Daniel O'Dea said the vehicle was driving north on the New England Highway at Glen Aplin, south of Stanthorpe, when it left the road and hit a tree.

Sgt O'Dea said one person, whose gender has not been confirmed, died at the scene.

Two women were also pulled from the vehicle and taken to Stanthorpe Hospital where they will be picked up by a LifeFlight helicopter and taken to Brisbane.

A dog was also in the car but survived the crash.

Emergency services were called to the scene about 2.30pm and locked down the highway in both directions to remove the patients.

The northern lane of the highway was re-opened by police about an hour ago.

Sgt O'Dea said it had been two years since there had been a fatality in the area.

"We remind people not to get distracted and to be aware of the fatal five," he said.

Fire crews and police remain at the scene.

UPDATE 4.30pm: One lane of the New England Highway has been re-opened following a serious single-vehicle crash south of Stanthorpe.

The northern lane of the highway was re-opened by police about half an hour ago, with traffic travelling south still being diverted along Mt Stirling Rd.

No one has been transported by paramedics, but all services are still at the scene.

EARLIER: Emergency crews have locked down the New England Highway while they try to free a person trapped in a single-vehicle rollover in the Southern Downs.

The incident was reported about 2.30pm at Glen Aplin, south of Stanthorpe, with one person still unable to get out.

Two fire crews from Stanthorpe are at the scene, with a technical rescue squad coming from Toowoomba to help use hydraulic gear to free the person.

Police have shut down the highway in both directions and paramedics are ready to treat patients for injuries.

Reports suggest the RACQ LifeFlight chopper has been called to airlift the patient.


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