Baby and toddler death investigated
BUNDABERG Police are investigating whether the passengers in a crash that killed two young children on Sunday were wearing seatbelts.
A one-month-old baby girl and her one-year-old sister died when the family car smashed into a tree at Apple Tree Creek just after 1am on Sunday.
Their 24-year-old mother and older sisters, aged three, four and seven, have all been flown to Brisbane for treatment.
Bundaberg police Superintendent Rowan Bond said investigations were centred around two of the “Fatal Four” – fatigue and seatbelts.
“The scenes of crime crew were out there (on Sunday),” Supt Bond said.
“At the moment, we’re looking at the immediate hours prior to the crash.
“We are looking at whether fatigue was an issue and the possible lack of restraint of children.”
Supt Bond urged drivers to take care on the roads.
“This will have caused considerable trauma for these families,” he said.
Childers police Senior Constable Fred Foster said the family came from Ballina and were heading to Mareeba at the time of the crash.
“The Criminal Investigations Branch have interviewed them and the matter is still under investigation,” he said.
It is believed the young family were originally from Ipswich and moved to Ballina, in northern NSW, about six months ago.
The woman’s 27-year-old brother, who escaped the crash uninjured, is believed to have been driving at the time of the smash.
“We believe he has now left Bundaberg on a bus,” Snr Const Foster said.
The children have been taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital and their mother is at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
The woman is believed to have serious spinal injuries.
The three-year-girl is still in a critical condition, while her older sisters are said to be stable.