Two young men have been killed and a third seriously injured in an early morning crash in Ipswich west of Brisbane.
The fatal crash marked a horror start to the new year on Queensland’s roads.
The three men were travelling in a high-powered Subaru when the driver lost control, ploughing the car through the side of a house before careering through the fence of another property on Glebe Street in Silkstone about 4.40am.
The two passengers, aged 19 and 28, died after being thrown from the car which landed on its roof in the yard of the second house.
The 18-year-old driver was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital with a suspected fractured skull.
The road has been closed as investigations into the cause of the crash continue.
Superintendent Andy Morrow said the crash, which brings Queensland’s holiday road toll to five, was on the back of a relatively low number of fatalities on the state’s roads in 2012.
But there were still 279 deaths too many last year, he said.
‘‘The important thing is each of them had family, each of them had friends. Two hundred and seventy-nine people are no longer with us who were with us this time last year,’’ he said.
There were 10 more deaths on Queensland roads last year than in 2011.
"And there are thousands of people who have been injured - some of them seriously [with] everything from brain injuries to amputations [and] spinal injuries,'' he said.
"There are a lot of people out there who are going to go through the rest of their lives bearing the scars from crashes that occurred in 2012."
The national holiday road toll period runs from December 23, 2012, until midnight on January 3, 2013.
So far this holiday season, 600 motorists have been caught drink driving and another 30 detected drug driving across the state.
More than 50 people have been nabbed exceeding the speed limit by 40km/h, including one driver who was caught travelling at 164km/h on the Logan Motorway.
"That's a dangerous thing," Superintendent Morrow said.
"It's tragic to lose anyone on the road, but it's especially tragic to lose someone on the road over the Christmas period.
"It makes future Christmases so much harder."