UPDATE: A local family has lost its beloved wife and mother in the deadly crash that blocked traffic on the Mary Valley Highway for hours into Tuesday evening.

The 59-year-old woman was killed on impact in the head-on collision just before 4pm near the intersection of Birt Road and the Mary Valley Highway.

She is believed to be a Long Flat resident. Her 64-year-old male passenger is in a serious but stable condition in the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

Queensland Police Media said this afternoon the crash was still under investigation, "which obviously includes any causes, and to date no charges have been laid”.

"It is standard practice in fatal crashes to obtain blood specimens from drivers,” they said.

"These are then sent off for analysis and depending upon what they reveal, what police actions occur next.

"It would be inappropriate for us to comment on what was/wasn't found at the scene...”

Gympie police constable Ben Morrow said the two cars involved, a white Hyundai hatchback and a Ford Falcon sedan, had been traveling in opposite directions on a straight stretch of highway at Long Flat when they crashed just after 3.30pm.

"One vehicle has crossed on to the wrong side of the road,” Cnst Morrow said.

The driver of the Hyundai was killed on impact, he believed. 

It has not been confirmed where the woman is from.

He said the road had been clear of other vehicles at the time of the crash. 

The only occupant of the other car - a 27-year-old local man - sustained minor injuries and was able to remove himself from his car, Cnst Morrow said. 

The Sunshine Coast Forensic Crash Unit spent hours investigating the crash scene yesterday afternoon while the highway was closed for three hours and traffic diverted along Lawson Rd.

Both cars are waiting inspection. 

It was the first fatal crash in 2018 within the Gympie police district, police confirmed.

EARLIER: GYMPIE police have confirmed the woman killed in a horror crash on the Mary Valley Highway yesterday was 59-years-old. 

The driver's 64-year-old male passenger remains in a serious but stable condition in the Sunshine Coast University Hospital,

Gympie police constable Ben Morrow said the two cars involved, a white Hyundai hatchback and a Ford Falcon sedan, had been traveling in opposite directions on a straight stretch of highway at Long Flat when they crashed just after 3.30pm.

"One vehicle has crossed onto the wrong side of the road,” Cnst Morrow said.

The driver of the Hyundai was killed on impact, he believed. 

It has not been confirmed where the woman is from.

He said the road had been clear of other vehicles at the time of the crash. 

The only occupant of the other car - a 27-year-old local man - sustained minor injuries and was able to remove himself from his car, Cnst Morrow said. 

The Sunshine Coast Forensic Crash Unit spent hours investigating the crash scene yesterday afternoon while the highway was closed for three hours and traffic diverted along Lawson Rd.

Both cars are waiting inspection. 

It was the first fatal crash in 2018 within the Gympie police district, police confirmed. 

YESTERDAY: A woman has been confirmed dead following a horror crash at the intersection of the Mary Valley Highway and Birt Road at Long Flat, just south of Gympie, this afternoon.

Two injured men are also about to be airlifted to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Queensland Ambulance Service Media have told The Gympie Times.

Scenes from the crash at Long Flat.
Scenes from the crash at Long Flat. Contributed

Traffic is being diverted around the scene. The chopper has landed on a nearby property.

Scene of the crash at Long Flat.
Scene of the crash at Long Flat. Jacob Carson

EARLIER: A rescue helicopter has landed close to the scene of what appears to be a serious car accident at the intersection of the Mary Valley Hwy and Birt Rd, at Long Flat.

Scenes from the crash at Long Flat.
Scenes from the crash at Long Flat. Contributed

The two vehicles involved, including a small white care, appear to have sustained major damage, and it was earlier reported two people had to be freed from the wreckage of one vehicle.

Three people are being assessed by ambulance officers.

Nearby residents reported the crash just before 4pm after "hearing” an awful noise.

The scene of the crash at Long Flat.
The scene of the crash at Long Flat. Jacob Carson

EARLIER:

EMERGENCY service crews on on the scene of a crash at the intersection of Mary Valley Hwy and Birt Rd.

It is believed two cars are involved in the crash which occurred about 3.50pm and ambulance officers and paramedics are assessing three people for injuries. It is possible from early reports that two of the people could be trapped in their vehicle.

Birt Rd is a small, unsealed road that intersects with the Mary Valley Highway about 3km south of Jones Hill.

More information as it comes to hand.

Gympie Times


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