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British woman, 22, killed in Fraser Island crash

The scene of a fatal four-wheel drive rollover on Fraser Island.
The scene of a fatal four-wheel drive rollover on Fraser Island.

UPDATE: Police have confirmed a 22-year-old woman killed in a four-wheel drive crash on Fraser Island was British.

Police said the Forensic Crash Unit was continuing to investigate the crash but initial investigations suggested the four wheel drive was in the process of overtaking another vehicle when it rolled.

It was travelling in a convoy of three and heading south towards Hook Point, police said.

Five passengers were transported to Gympie Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver and another passenger were airlifted to the Hervey Bay Hospital with non-life threatening head injuries.

EARLIER: The wreckage of an overturned four wheel drive marred the scenery of Fraser Island's Hook Point on Frirday after yet another backpacker adventure ended in the loss of a young life.

A woman, believed to be 19 and either English or German, who had been staying at Rainbow Beach, was killed and seven others injured when their vehicle hit a ditch on a gravel track, 10km from Inskip Point.

Two women aged in their 20s suffered multiple injuries, including serious head injuries, and were airlifted to the Hervey Bay Hospital where they were in a serious but stable condition last night.

The travellers were part of a Rainbow Beach tag-a-long group; a type of tour recommended for tourists after a series of rollovers sparked an overhaul of the industry in 2009.

The crash scene on Fraser Island on Friday.
The crash scene on Fraser Island on Friday. Contributed

RACQ CareFlight Rescue's Bundaberg-based helicopter flew to the southern tip of Fraser Island near Jabiru Swamp just after 2pm accident to airlift the two women.

The newspaper understands they had finished their tour and were on their way to the barge to travel back to their accommodation at Rainbow Beach.

The five other people involved were treated by ambulance officers at the scene before being flown to Gympie Hospital with various injuries.

It's the fourth time a rescue helicopter has been sent to the island this month.

The team flew to another rollover on Thursday but no one was seriously injured.

Officers from the Wide Bay Forensic Crash Unit are investigating.

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