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One dead, four injured in spate of Queensland collisions

A 21-year-old woman has died and four people have been injured, three critically, in Queensland traffic crashes. Photo: Robert ShakespeareA spate of traffic collisions across Queensland in just more than 12 hours on Saturday has left a 21-year-old British tourist dead, three people critically injured and a 33-year-old woman seriously injured.

Two police officers were also treated for minor injuries when the car driven by the 33-year-old woman crashed into a police car in Toowoomba on Saturday evening.

The 21-year-old British woman was killed instantly when the quad bike she was riding on a beach in Port Stewart, in Queensland’s far north, travelled through a stream of water and rolled, according to police.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her passenger, a 37-year-old man, was uninjured.

Later, a 12-year-old girl was left fighting for life after being hit by a car on the Gold Coast.

Police say the girl suffered serious head injuries when she stepped onto the Gold Coast Highway at Broadbeach about 5pm and was hit by a car travelling south.

She was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

The driver of the car is assisting the Forensic Crash Unit with its investigation.

About five hours later in Townsville, a 53-year-old man also suffered critical injuries after being hit by a car.

The man was running across Flinders Street, at the intersection of Fletcher Street about 10.30pm, when he was hit by a car.

He was taken to Townsville Hospital in a critical but stable condition.

The 68-year-old driver is assisting police with their inquiries.

Earlier in the day, a 45-year-old Inala woman was also left in a critical condition when the car she was a passenger in slammed into a parked car in Inala.

The car was travelling east along Andromeda Street when the collision occurred about 7.15am.

The woman was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition.

The 20-year-old male driver was not injured in the crash.

In Toowoomba on Saturday evening, a 33-year-old woman suffered chest injuries when she allegedly hit a police car in suburban Darling Heights.

Both vehicles suffered significant damage in the crash, which occurred about 6.15pm.

The woman was taken to the Toowoomba Hospital with chest injuries, while two police officers and four passengers in the woman’s car were treated for minor injuries.

Investigations are continuing.

The 21-year-old British woman’s death lifts the Queensland road toll to 128 for the year, compared to 115 at the same time last year.

Her death came two days after a 26-year-old motorcyclist died in the Princess Alexandra Hospital on Thursday, after suffering critical injuries in a Cannon Hill crash on Wednesday.

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