Girl, 14, killed in tragic crash near Miva

Forensic crash investigator Sergeant Steve Webb inspects the wreck of a Nissan Navara ute which crashed killing 14-year-old Ophelia Silcox.
Forensic crash investigator Sergeant Steve Webb inspects the wreck of a Nissan Navara ute which crashed killing 14-year-old Ophelia Silcox.

"COUNTRY people die on country roads," police crash investigator Steve Webb said at a tragic scene near Miva on Wednesday.

Sgt Webb echoed the unhappy sentiments of Acting Inspector Troy Pukallus, who attempted to comfort the mother of two teenage girls involved in the crash on a lonely gravel section of Paterson Rd.

A girl, 14, died at the scene when the utility, driven by her sister, 15, lost traction, spun 90 degrees and slid sideways into a tree.

"No parent should have to mourn their kids," Insp Pukallus said.

"Even the emergency services guys suffer when these things happen.

"Some of the guys have daughters.

"We try to get the road safety message out.

"We do what we can but we need the community to take heed.

"Country roads, especially gravel ones are difficult for every driver, especially when it's dry and the surface becomes loose".

At the scene, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service officers removed the driver's side door to enable ambulance officers to take the driver to hospital, where she was treated for spinal pain and lacerations.

The vehicle had to be shifted slightly to enable access to the dead girl.

Her side of the cabin was severely impacted in the crash, which destroyed the utility, owned by a well-known local family.

"We need people to get the message that country people die on country roads," Sgt Webb said.

"Some locals think it is only the city slickers who get into strife, but we all have to show extra caution."


2.30pm: A 15-YEAR-OLD girl has died at the scene of a serious single vehicle crash on Paterson Road at Miva, south-west of Tiaro, this afternoon.

Initial information suggests shortly after noon the teenager was the sole passenger in a car driven by a 16-year-old girl, when it crashed into a tree.

The driver was taken to Gympie Hospital with minor injuries.

Forensic Crash Unit officers are investigating the crash.


EARLIER: A single vehicle crash north of Theebine has claimed a life and hospitalised a teenager.

The accident, in which a motor vehicle is believed to have struck a tree, occurred around noon.

One of the two occupants of the vehicle was killed following impact.

Meanwhile, a 15-year-old girl was rushed to Gympie Hospital with spinal complaints and lacerations.

It is unknown at this stage was caused the accident.

Gympie Times

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