BACK ROAD DISASTER: A sixteen-year-old learner driver has been killed in a tragic single-vehicle rollover north of Jandowae.
BACK ROAD DISASTER: A sixteen-year-old learner driver has been killed in a tragic single-vehicle rollover north of Jandowae. Kate McCormack

GPS blamed for the death of a teenage learner driver

A GPS has been blamed for the death of a 16-year-old learner driver who was killed in a "freakish" rollover north of Jandowae late last week.

The Newtown teenager and her mother were driving along the unsealed Nudley Forest Rd on Thursday, June 6 when the car, driven by the teenage girl, lost control and hit a tree about 10.30am.

Jandowae police Sergeant, Mark Avent, told the Chinchilla News the 46-year-old mother was able to free herself from the mangled wreck, however was unable to raise the alarm for two hours until a Western Downs Regional Council truck came across the scene.

Police, paramedics and firefighters were called to the crash about 12.45pm and were forced to cut the teenager from the wreck.

She died at the scene.

Sgt Avent described the single-vehicle crash as "freakish" and "unfortunate".

"If the GPS had told them to stick to the bitumen - we wouldn't be here," Sgt Avent said.

Police told Chinchilla News the mother and daughter left Toowoomba at 8.30am to drive to Mackay, however the GPS had directed them to turn off the main road onto Nudley Fore on to back roads.

The mother was transported to Jandowae Hospital in an ambulance with non-life threatening facial and abdominal injuries.

It's understood she has since been airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

Queensland Ambulance said the woman was flown in a serious but stable condition.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

It is the latest tragedy to strike the Western Downs region after a horror two weeks with several fatal crashes occurring across southwest Queensland including a mother and her four children near Kumbia .


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