Horror weekend on Australian roads

FAMILIES across the country are grieving following a horrific weekend on Australian roads.

Five young people, including four friends, were killed on Friday night in a fiery crash on the Pacific Motorway south of Brisbane.

Just after midnight a car travelling on the highway at Coomera hit a broken down Holden Statesman on the side of the road, prompting the Statesman to burst into flames.

Four people in the Holden Statesman, an 18-year-old, two 20 year olds and a 17-year-old were killed.

Those who died were identified as young parents and another couple.

A 16-year-old boy managed to escape with minor injuries by climbing through the shattered windscreen just before the car exploded.

The 17-year-old driver of the other vehicle died at the scene.

Around the same time in Victoria on Friday night, emergency services were called to a horrific crash which killed five people.

Police said they received several calls about a car driving the wrong way down the Princes Freeway before it and another car crashed.

A 32-year-old woman driving the car in the wrong direction died. Two men and a woman, all 23, and another woman, 24, died in the other car.

Another two men were seriously injured.In NSW a man was killed when his trail bike crashed on a rural property at Bargo on Saturday.

Speaking to media following the five person fatality in Queensland, Acting Inspector Tony Wormald said you could not ask for a worse accident leading up to Christmas.

"It's tragic not only for the families of those who have been killed and injured but also for the emergency services who had to deal with the incident," he said.

"People have to take care when they are driving through the day or the night."

Topics:  car crash pacific motorway road toll

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