Four children are killed and a fifth boy in hospital after horrific Townsville crash 

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Boy driver, 14, is the only survivor of horror crash that killed his four teenage passengers after he ‘drove a stolen Kia Sorrento into a traffic light after clipping a roundabout’

  • Queensland Police called to scene of crash in Townsville on Sunday morning 
  • Driver, 14, taken to Townsville hospital in stable condition with minor injuries 
  • All four of his passengers were killed when their car slammed into a light pole 
  • Crash at corner of intersection in city’s west involved a stolen car, police said
  • Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk called deaths ‘tragic beyond words’ 

A 14-year-old boy who allegedly drove a stolen car into a traffic light after clipping a roundabout is the lone survivor of the horrific crash that killed all four of his teenage passengers.   

The four passengers – believed to be aged between 14 and 18-years-old – were found dead at the scene after the white Kia Sorrento clipped a roundabout before flipping over and hitting a light pole in Townsville in northern Queensland just before 4.30am.

The 14-year-old was taken to Townsville University Hospital in a stable condition with minor injuries and discharged later on Sunday morning.

Pictured: The scene of a horrific crash in Townsville in Queensland's north which killed four teenagers and left another in hospital

Pictured: The scene of a horrific crash in Townsville in Queensland’s north which killed four teenagers and left another in hospital

The car was reportedly stolen and driving dangerously when it hit a lamp post in the western suburb of Garbutt about 4.30am on Sunday morning

The car was reportedly stolen and driving dangerously when it hit a lamp post in the western suburb of Garbutt about 4.30am on Sunday morning

He will be interviewed later on Sunday, police said. 

Queensland Police superintendent Glen Pointing said the crash in Garbutt in the city’s west involved a car stolen from the southern suburb of Idalia.

Police supt Pointing said there had been reports of the car being driven dangerously in the moments before it crashed.

Queensland Police's Forensic Crash Unit were at the scene of the crash on Sunday - which the state's premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said was 'tragic beyond words'

Queensland Police’s Forensic Crash Unit were at the scene of the crash on Sunday – which the state’s premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said was ‘tragic beyond words’

He added it was one of two cars which had been stolen in Townsville on Saturday night.

‘There were some reports those vehicles were driving dangerously,’ he told reporters. 

‘At no stage did police pursue that vehicle or try and stop that vehicle.’

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the loss of life in Sunday’s crash was ‘tragic beyond words’.

‘This is horrific – four young people have lost their lives and there are four families that will be grieving,’ she told reporters.

Horrific photos taken at the scene showed the car’s mangled wreckage scattered across the road at the suburban intersection.

Pictured: Police at the scene of the horrific crash on Sunday. Police were called to the scene of the crash in the western suburb of Garbutt just before 4.30am

Pictured: Police at the scene of the horrific crash on Sunday. Police were called to the scene of the crash in the western suburb of Garbutt just before 4.30am

Horrific photos taken at the scene showed the car's mangled wreckage scattered across the road at the suburban intersection

Horrific photos taken at the scene showed the car’s mangled wreckage scattered across the road at the suburban intersection

Queensland Police superintendent Glen Pointing said the driver of the car - who escaped with minor injuries and has since been discharged from hospital - would be interviewed by police later on Sunday

Queensland Police superintendent Glen Pointing said the driver of the car – who escaped with minor injuries and has since been discharged from hospital – would be interviewed by police later on Sunday

A single car tyre is pictured standing upright several hundred metres away from the site of the crash

A single car tyre is pictured standing upright several hundred metres away from the site of the crash

A single car tyre meanwhile was seen standing upright on the road several hundred metres from the accident site.. 

Motorists were earlier urged to avoid the area – a mainly industrial suburb south of Townsville airport. 

More to come 

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