Woman dies in Palm Island crash
A WOMAN has been killed in a car crash on Palm Island while two men have been flown to Townsville with serious injuries.
Shortly before 6.30am emergency services were called to Farm Rd where a car had crashed into a pole.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the 47-year-old female was deceased on scene, while a 47-year-old male suffered head injuries and a 45-year-old man had pelvic and abdominal injuries.
The car was on fire when emergency services arrived at the scene with crews using extinguishers to put out the flames.
One of the men had to be freed from the vehicle by firefighters.
Regional District Officer Inspector Damian Irvine said the woman was a passenger and was believed to have died on impact.
"There were three people in the vehicle; it left the road, collided with a rock and then into a post," Insp Irvine said.
"As we speak the Forensic Crash Unit are departing Townsville to fly over and investigate the causes of the crash.
"At this stage we don't know what contributing factors may be."
Insp Irvine labelled the crash a "tragic incident" and pleaded for motorists to be careful on the roads this festive season.