Crash claims life

A 49-YEAR-OLD Gatton woman has died when the ute she was travelling in flipped upside down and landed on the east-bound lanes of the Warrego Highway at Plainland on Monday afternoon.

The male driver, 51, also from Gatton, was hauled from the wreck and taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Police said preliminary investigations suggested the utility had veered right and ran off the west-bound lanes of the highway, onto the grassed median strip and rolled across the east-bound lane.

The horror crash is the second to occur in the region over the Easter break after a 29-year-old man died in a single vehicle crash at Coominya last Thursday, the first death on Queensland's roads during the Easter period.

Close family and friends said the couple had been travelling home after attending a church service until the tragic crash around 1.30pm.

“She was a lovely lady, mother and friend with a fantastic personality,” a friend said.

“It's so, so sad. [I am] still in shock that she is gone.”

Police said the crash caused traffic to back up for kilometres along the east-bound side of the Warrego Highway.

The highway was closed between Gherke Road and Gutt Road at Plainland until 5pm while emergency services attended. The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

Anyone with information which could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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