8 Dec 2012

Ten dead in two crashes in Australia

11:04 am on 8 December 2012

Ten people were killed in two separate road accidents in Australia early on Saturday.

In the first incident, five people are dead after two cars collided on the Pacific Highway in Queensland just after midnight.

Four people were killed in one car when it caught fire, but a teenage boy escaped with leg injuries.

The driver of the other car was killed on impact.

Inspector Tracey Dale said the first car had left the Logan area and was travelling south towards the Gold Coast when the crash happened.

The ABC reports five people were also killed in the other incident, a head-on collision, west of Melbourne, just after 1am (AEDT). Two others were seriously injured

Police said a car travelling on the wrong side of the Princes Freeway, collided with a vehicle travelling to Melbourne.

A female, the sole occupant of the car going the wrong way, died at the scene.

So did two males and two females from the other vehicle. Two other males were seriously injured. Both were taken to Alfred hospital for treatment.