Fatal accident near Stanthorpe
A MAN has died in an accident involving a truck and two other vehicles near Ballandean south of Stanthorpe this afternoon.
Other vehicle occupants were freed from wreckage by multiple Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) crews.
At least four people are believed to have been injured, with chaotic scenes emerging of their treatment on the side of the highway by paramedics assisted by passers-by.
Initial reports have suggested a number of backpackers may have been travelling in one of the vehicles.
At this stage it is understood a 28 year old male received head and pelvic injuries and a woman in her 40s spinal and abdominal injuries, with both being flown to Brisbane by two RACQ CareFlight helicopters for further treatment.
Two other males in their 20s are believed to have received facial cuts.
The age of the deceased man is unknown at this time.
Emergency crews were called to the scene shortly before 3.30pm, with the wet conditions understood to be to blame for a horror start to the Christmas season on our region’s roads.
Traffic was backed up in both directions on the New England highway around the accident scene and is expected to be disrupted for several hours.
It is unknown at this stage in which vehicle the deceased person was travelling but a four wheel drive involved in the collision may have rolled.