Elderly driver dies: Palmview double fatality
UPDATE 8.04AM: In tragic news, a second person has died following a two-vehicle head-on crash at Palmview.
The 84-year-old driver involved has died in hospital early this morning. His 83-year-old wife died from her injuries shortly after the crash on Thursday.
Forensic Crash Unit police are investigating the collision between the man's sedan and a four-wheel-drive travelling towards them on Frizzo Rd.
Initial investigations indicate the elderly driver veered onto the wrong side of the road.
The driver of the four-wheel-drive faces a long road to recovery. Wes Stephens has broken his spine in three places.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.
FRIDAY: AN ELDERLY woman has died and her 84-year-old husband is fighting for life in hospital after a horrific head-on crash at Palmview.
Forensic Crash officers said the man was heading north on Frizzo Rd when he veered on to the wrong side of the road and collided with a four-wheel-drive.
Police are still piecing together why the man veered across.
Emergency services were called to the crash, just off the Bruce Hwy, near Aussie World, about 10.20am.
They were confronted with a crumpled silver sedan and the elderly couple trapped inside.
The four-wheel-drive was damaged on the front right side and its driver was trapped behind the wheel.
Firefighters from Maroochydore and Caloundra used hydraulic cutting equipment to free the two drivers and the passenger in about 20 minutes.
The elderly woman was released first and rushed to hospital in a critical condition, but died from her injuries a short time later.
Her husband remained in Nambour General Hospital last night in a critical condition with a spinal injury.
The driver of the four-wheel-drive had facial injuries and also was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Service superintendent Russell Thompson said the crash should not have happened on a straight stretch of road.
A Forensic Crash Unit spokesman confirmed initial suspicions that the sedan had veered on to the wrong side of the road.
"The sedan was heading north on Frizzo Rd and the Toyota four-wheel-drive towing an empty box trailer was heading south on Frizzo Rd and the sedan has crossed the painted median strip and collided head-on with the four-wheel-drive," the spokesman said.
"The four-wheel-drive drier has attempted to brake and take evasive action, but he obviously didn't have any time to react."
The 83-year-old passenger was the fifth person to die on Sunshine Coast roads this year.