A 17-year-old boy has died and three others have been injured after a single-vehicle crash near Moranbah.
A 17-year-old boy has died and three others have been injured after a single-vehicle crash near Moranbah. 7 News Brisbane

'Critical': 11 yo girl fights for life after Moranbah crash


  • A vehicle rolled on Moranbah Access Road at 4.20am
  • Five people were in the vehicle
  • The male driver, 17, has been killed as a result of head injuries
  • A young girl, 11, is in a critical condition with head and chest injuries and has been taken to Townsville Hospital
  • A 14 year old female suffered serious head, arm and shoulder injuries and is in a stable condition in Townsville Hospital. 
  • A 16 year old boy and girl suffered minor injuries and have been released from hospital

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 7.30AM: THE DYSART community is rallying around four teens injured in a crash near Moranbah yesterday morning, as they grieve the loss of recent high school graduate Aaron Burns. 

A Queensland Police spokesman said the condition of an 11-year-old girl fighting for life in Townsville Hospital with head, pelvic and chest injuries had not changed overnight. she remains in a critical condition. 

A 14-year-old girl with serious injuries is also recovering in Townsville Hospital with her condition improving to stable yesterday afternoon. 

Two 16-year-olds, a boy and a girl, who suffered minor injuries in the accident have been discharged from Moranbah Hospital. 

Investigations are ongoing. 

UPDATE 4PM: AN 11-year-old girl is fighting for life in Townsville Hospital following a crash near Moranbah this morning. 

The young girl was one of five passengers in the dual cab ute that rolled several times on Moranbah Access Road at 4.20am. She was thrown from the vehicle and suffered serious head and chest injuries. 

RACQ CQ Rescue airlifted the Dysart girl, along with a Critical Care Paramedic and doctor, to Townsville where she was immediately taken to surgery. She remains in a critical condition. 

A 14-year-old girl was also airlifted to Townsville Hospital in a critical condition, however her condition has improved to stable. 

A 16-year-old female and male have both been discharged from Moranbah Hospital. 

Moranbah Access Road was closed for several hours as Mackay Forensic Crash Unit and Emerald Scenes of Crime crews investigated. 

The road was reopened around 1pm. 

UPDATE 1PM: IT'S a sad day for the small mining town of Dysart, a 17-year-old man has died and two young girls, 14 and 11, are in critical conditions after a crash near Moranbah this morning.

The other two people in the car, a 16-year-old girl and boy, are in a stable condition.

Isaac region councillor who looks after the Dysart region Nick Wheeler said it was a sad day for the community.

"It's definitely going to have an impact on the community because they are all children and it is also a small community," he said. "It is just very sad." 


UPDATE 11.45AM: FOUR teenagers are in hospital and another has lost his life after a tragic accident near Moranbah this morning. 


A Queensland Police spokeswoman said three of the teenagers were from Dysart and one of them was from Warwick. The home town of the fourth teen was not known. 

Tragically, a 17-year-old Dysart man who was driving has died while another two girls are fighting for their life. 

An 11-year-old Dysart girl is in a critical condition in Townsville Hospital with pelvic and head injuries and a 14-year-old girl has also been airlifted to Townsville in a serious condition. 

A 16-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl remain in Moranbah Hospital, both in a stable condition. 

The QPS spokeswoman said Moranbah Access Road remained closed in both directions. 

UPDATE 10.30AM: MORANBAH miner Michelle Berardi had just finished night shift when she came across this morning's horror crash at the Moranbah Access Road. 

Arriving on scene at 6.15am, Ms Berardi said traffic was backing up and she stepped in to try and help. 

"We caretake on the property to the side of the accident so I consulted with the two police officers to ensure it was ok to let traffic past the accident site via a diversion through private property," Ms Bernardi said. 

"I had work colleagues trying to get home to bed also and didn't want them having to take an approximate one hour detour around the scene.

"He was happy for me to assist as his colleagues had been directed to the other accident that had occurred down the road.

"I assisted with traffic diversion for a few hours through private land to help clear the congestion until other emergency services arrived on scene with signage etc to assist with traffic control. I then closed the gates and headed home."

With three teenage children of her own, Ms Berardi said the scene was heartbreaking. 

"It saddens me to think of the families involved and hoping all will be okay," she said. 

"As a parent it guts me to see this and know a parent is going to be burying their child.This should not happen." 

UPDATE: A MAN has died and a young girl airlifted following the single-vehicle crash at Moranbah this morning. 

Around 4.20am, a car rolled on Moranbah Access Road.

Police have confirmed the 17-year-old male driver died as a result of his injuries.

Four others were transported to Moranbah Hospital. An 11-year-old girl has since been airlifted to Townsville Hospital with serious head injuries.

Moranbah Access Road is open to traffic under direction, however drivers have been asked to consider delaying their travel.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

UPDATE 8AM: QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services have returned to the scene of a serious single vehicle rollover. 

A QFES spokesman said crews returned to the crash site to assist with clearing Moranbah Access Road. 

Queensland Police remain on scene investigating and conducting traffic control. 

It is understood the road will be closed for some time however police are allowing some traffic through a detour. 

More to come. 

UPDATE 7.30AM: THE RACQ CQ Rescue Helicopter is preparing to airlift a teenager girl involved in the crash on Moranbah Access Road. 

The Mackay based rescue chopper has landed at Moranbah Airport and is refueling in preparation to transport the girl who has head, arm and shoulder injuries and is currently in a serious but stable condition.

A second rescue helicopter, the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service based in Rockhampton, has also landed in Moranbah to transport another patient involved in the accident. 

Investigators from the Queensland Police Forensic Crash Unit are at the scene  of the accident investigating. 

"Preliminary information suggests that around 4.20am a vehicle rolled on Moranbah Access Road," a QPS spokesperson said. 

"Moranbah Access Road is blocked and is expected to remain closed for some time." 

BREAKING 6.30AM: FIVE people have been rushed to Moranbah Hospital after a horror single vehicle crash this morning.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said two fire crews were called to the intersection of the Peak Downs Highway and Moranbah Access Road for a single vehicle roll over.

He said while no one was trapped in the accident, QFES crews assisted Queensland Ambulance Service treat patients.

Queensland Ambulance Service were called to the scene about 4.30am and have confirmed five people have been transported to hospital with injuries ranging from minor to critical.

"One male adult is in a critical condition with head injuries, a female child is in a serious condition with head and chest injuries, a female teenager has head, arm and shoulder injuries and is currently in a serious but stable condition and two additional patients are reported to be stable," a QAS spokesperson said.

"All have been transported to Moranbah Hospital. The helicopter is en-route for retrieval of most serious patients."

Queensland Police Service say Moranbah Access Road could be closed for most of the day due to the accident.

Both the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service and the RACQ CQ Helicopter Rescue Service as well as the Royal Flying Doctor Service have been tasked to assist.

More to come.