Two kids and dad killed, mum fighting for life after horror crash at Jimbour East near Toowoomba

Sarah Keszler
7NEWS
A Western Downs mother is fighting for life as the only survivor of her family involved in a horror two-car smash.

A father and his two sons have died, and their mother is fighting for her life in hospital following a horrific two-car smash northwest of Toowoomba.

The family of four was travelling along Dalby-Jandowae Rd at Jimbour East when their sedan was allegedly rear-ended by a LandCruiser ute about 11am on Monday.

The back seat passengers, two boys aged nine and 15, and their father, aged in his 50s, sustained critical injuries and died at the scene.

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Their mother was flown to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital with life-threatening abdominal and chest injuries. LifeFlight Rescue said she was conscious but had suffered “multiple traumatic” injuries.

A man behind the wheel of the ute suffered back injuries and was taken to Toowoomba Hospital in a serious but non-life-threatening condition.

Witnesses told 7NEWS the family car had stopped to help a council worker who was mowing on the side of the road.

“You can just imagine what it was like driving into something like this... it was pretty horrific for everyone involved,” Acting Inspector Greg Wheeler told reporters.

“Whenever there are children involved, it’s always extra traumatic.

“The two children were occupants in the rear seat (of the sedan), and also their father in the front has also died as a result... terrible circumstances.”

Queensland Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the crash would be investigated but issued a warning.

“People on the road need to obey the rules of the road and drive to the conditions,” he told reporters.

“The entire leadership team has committed to doing more in the road safety space because too many Queenslanders are losing their lives.”

Queensland Police closed the road and advised motorists to avoid the area.

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