Car slams into jacaranda tree
A CAR slammed into a tree in Grafton on Saturday, killing one man and seriously injuring two others.
Sergeant Patrick Swift, of Grafton police, said speed contributed to the car leaving Arthur Street and crashing into a jacaranda tree.
Sgt Swift said Travis Heiermann, 19, of Enoggera, in Queensland, was seated behind the driver and died instantly.
The 20-year-old driver and owner of the car, a former Grafton man, was flown to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane by the Westpac lifesaver Rescue Helicopter after his condition was assessed at Grafton Base Hospital.
"He has quite severe internal injuries and is in a critical condition," Sgt Swift said.
"Another 20-year-old Grafton male sustained facial injuries and is in a stable condition."
A third passenger, a woman, 18, in the front seat, was treated for shock.
Sgt Swift said at 4.08am the silver Ford Falcon sedan was travelling east along Arthur Street when the driver lost control exiting a roundabout at the Arthur-Queen streets intersection.
He said the driver and passengers had not long left Grafton Base Hospital.
Sgt Swift said the car spun and smashed into the tree, with the pillar behind the driver's side door taking the main impact.
"(The police) were there within minutes - the ambulance was there within minutes," Sgt Swift said.
He said the car was partially wrapped around the tree.
State Emergency Service workers and firemen cut through the wreckage to remove the dead and injured.
A woman, who lives near where the accident happened, was awakened by the sound of screeching tyres and the car hitting the tree.
The woman went outside to investigate. She said the scene was distressing.
Sgt Swift said police were still investigating.