The scene of the fatal accident at Tenterfield yesterday.
The scene of the fatal accident at Tenterfield yesterday. RACQ CareFlight

Man killed in three-car crash

A 57-year-old man from western NSW was killed and two people critically injured in a three-car collision on the corner of the Bruxner and New England Hwys, five kilometres north of Tenterfield at 11.45am (Qld time) yesterday.

Two ambulances from Tenterfield and one from Stanthorpe went to the scene and transported seven injured people to Tenterfield Hospital.

A spokesman for the Queensland Ambulance Service said two people were airlifted out - a 53-year-old woman in a critical condition to the PA Hospital in Brisbane and a man with head and chest injuries in a critical but stable condition to Lismore Hospital.

The woman transferred to the PA by RACQ CareFlight had both open and enclosed head injuries, multi system trauma and fractured ribs.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service units from Wallangarra and Stanthorpe were on the scene as firefighters from New South Wales released two injured people who were trapped.

A QFRS unit from Warwick and the rescue unit from Toowoomba were called to assist but were turned around before they reached the scene.

The two Queensland units left the scene by 1.34pm.

At 6pm (Qld time), the highway was re-opened after being blocked for six hours.

During the closure, there was a single lane diversion for traffic using a local road.

A report will be prepared for the (NSW) coroner into the circumstances.

Any information to Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.


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