Two youth escape with their lives
When emergency services arrived at the scene of this Tewantin single-vehicle crash just after 5am on Thursday, they prepared themselves for the worst.
Amazingly, the 18-year-old driver and his 21-year-old female passenger were not only alive, they had escaped major injury despite their car hitting a tree with enough force to send its engine block back through the dashboard.
It took Noosa fire crews close to half an hour to free the pair after having to remove the car's roof so paramedics could access the trapped teen and his passenger. They were taken to Nambour General Hospital with suspected broken legs and minor head and neck injuries.
Their escape has amazed police and witnesses, who said the front of the Honda Prelude sports car was so badly crumbled it appeared the tree it had hit was growing through the front cabin of the car.
Police were investigating the circumstances leading up to the early morning crash, but they suspected the driver may have been under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.
Witnesses told police the car struck the gutter of the residential street at high speed, sending the car airborne before it came to rest against a tree, just metres from a family home.