'Stolen car' joyride ends in tragedy as four kids killed
Townsville Police are piecing together the final moments before a stolen car crashed at Garbutt this morning, saying the car was seen driving dangerously before it collided with a traffic light.
Acting Superintendent Glen Pointing, who was visibly shaken this morning, said two boys and two girls were killed when the car they were travelling in clipped a roundabout on Bayswater Rd, rolled and hit a light pole.
The victims are aged between 14 and 18 years old. They were found dead on scene.
The 14-year-old driver was taken to Townsville University Hospital and was discharged this morning. He will be interviewed by police today.
Supt Pointing confirmed the white Kia Sorrento involved in the crash was stolen from a home at Idalia earlier this morning.
The car was spotted driving on the wrong side of the road before the crash.
It is understood another red stolen car was sighted with the Kia earlier this morning.
They did not pursue the car.
Witnesses at the scene depicted a horrific image, saying the roof of the car was ripped from the body, with barely any parts still left intact.
Pieces of the vehicle were thrown metres from the car and were left hanging from the centre traffic island fencing.
The impact was so great that the traffic lights have been shattered and removed from its casing, while a single tyre remained in the middle of the road about 400m from the crash scene.
Supt Pointing said police would get to the bottom of how the "tragedy" happened.
"It's a tragedy for the children and for the families and confronting for the first responders, everyone involved," he said.
"No one wants to see a tragedy like this, it's a terrible outcome."
The road is likely to be closed for most of the day.