The scene of Saturday’s fatal crash on the Bruce Highway at Apple Tree Creek.
The scene of Saturday’s fatal crash on the Bruce Highway at Apple Tree Creek. Mike Knott

Two children dead in crash

TWO young children are dead and two others are in a critical condition following a horrific single-vehicle crash at Apple Tree Creek yesterday morning.

The family of seven were travelling north on the Bruce Highway when their four-wheel drive slammed into a tree near Gentle Annie Rd just after 1am.

A one-month-old baby and a one-year-old toddler were killed in the smash, while their mother and older siblings, aged 3 and 4, were airlifted to Brisbane.

The two children are believed to be in a critical condition, while the woman suffered suspected spinal injuries.

A fifth child, aged 7, was taken to Bundaberg Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

It is believed the children’s uncle, who escaped the crash uninjured, was driving the vehicle at the time of the smash.

A Bundaberg Police detective yesterday said it was possible the driver fell asleep at the wheel and investigations into the cause of the smash were ongoing.

Bundaberg Police Sergeant Tim Lowth said police and emergency service crews were called to the scene between 1am and 1.30am.

“The family are believed to be from the Ipswich area,” Sgt Lowth said.

“Investigations are continuing into the cause.”

The smell of oil filled the air at the scene of the crash, where baby bottles, a dummy, CDs and toys were strewn.

Pieces of plastic and metal were scattered across the area and an Apple Tree Creek welcome sign was knocked down.

There are believed to be no witnesses to the crash and police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 4153 9111.

The shocking crash brings the number of deaths on the Bundaberg region’s roads to nine this year.

It follows the deaths of mother Natalie Sneddon, whose car rolled over in Lowmead in late May, and Gayndah’s Wayne Hamilton and Ron Masters, whose four-wheel drive crashed just outside the town days earlier.