Detectives release more details about fatal property crash
FURTHER details have shed more light on the double tragedy that occurred at Mount Abundance, near Roma.
It is understood that one of the boys involved in the accident on Sunday just before midday was able to use a mobile phone to contact emergency services.
Family members then found the four boys at the scene.
Initial reports from police indicated just before 11.50am on Sunday, May 24, four people were travelling in a vehicle along a dirt track on a rural property when it hit a ditch and rolled.
A 10-year-old boy from Mount Abundance and a 16-year-old from Brisbane passed away at the scene.
Two 16-year-old boys were transported to Roma Hospital with serious injuries.
Detective sergeant Scott Jackson from the Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) said the two boys that were transported to hospital remain in a stable condition.
Police first reported that the boys were driving a Toyota LandCruiser, however the detective clarified it was actually a Toyota wagon.
"We are looking at all the aspects - speed, seatbelts, fatigue, drug and alcohol but at this stage it's too early to tell exactly what was the cause of the accident," he said.
"The investigation will encompass a few aspects like the circumstances leading up to the boys being in the motor vehicle, what was happening prior and during the incident and the way the vehicle was being driven."
Roma patrol inspector Ray Vine attended the scene on Sunday and said the primary focus of the investigation is yet to be fully determined.
"Forensic crash investigators are currently investigating the cause of the incident," he said.
"It is certainly a very tragic situation for the family.
"There are local connections here and then in Brisbane - it has impacted several families.
"We give our heart felt sympathies for those involved."
Detective sergeant Jackson said "there is no greater responsibility than driving a motor vehicle, you're not only responsible for your own wellbeing but the for the safety of others.
"One small moment of time can change a person's life."
He said this tragic fatality is being felt far and wide.
"The Roma and Brisbane district and school communities have all been impacted," he said.
"Our hearts go out to both families."