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Family witnesses crash that killed two children

The scene on the Bruce Highway at Sandy Creek, where two young girls died.
The scene on the Bruce Highway at Sandy Creek, where two young girls died. Lee Constable

TWO little girls who died in a three-vehicle crash at Sandy Creek on Wednesday afternoon have been remembered as "bright and happy" children.

A friend of the family, Troy Brell, said the girls' mother was in a critical but stable condition in hospital yesterday afternoon.

Mr Brell said the mother had been driving her daughters to his family's house to pick up a battery charger that they had left there.

He said his own daughter had gone to school with the girls and the families had been friends for a while.

Mr Brell said his wife and daughter were in front of their Sandy Creek property when a truck and their friend's car collided, which pushed her car into an oncoming utility.

"I heard a bang and looked out the window," he said.

"I saw the truck careering towards a power pole."

He said his wife saw their friend's car sitting in the middle of the road before the crash, indicating to turn into their driveway.

"About seven cars went past while she was waiting to turn into our driveway," he said.

He said the girls, aged seven and nine, died on impact and their mother suffered serious injuries.

Inital reports that suggested a male passenger was also in the car were incorrect.

"They were good little girls," Mr Brell said.

"She's a caring mum and a good worker.She always ran around after the girls."

Mr Brell said he'd lived on the Bruce Highway for 20 years and had seen many crashes along the "dangerous stretch" of road.

"You always hear about fatal accidents here and we've seen a few," he said.

"The road isn't that bad but I think it's … confusing for drivers."

A Mackay police spokesman said investigations into the crash were continuing but at this time he could not release the names of the people involved.

The family of the mother and girls involved in the crash did not wish to comment.

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