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Teen boys ‘took off like the devil’ before horror crash

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Witnesses say they heard a loud bang. Picture: Adam HeadSource:News Corp Australia

A heartbroken dad has posted a message of encouragement for his son who lies in hospital after a horrific smash involving five teenagers in the Gold Coast hinterland yesterday.

David Toms shared a picture of his 14-year-old son Bailey, hanging onto life.

“Love you my son. you will pull through this,” he wrote next to a picture of the teenager hooked up life support equipment in a hospital bed.

“I need my boy to pull through this. He was in a car accident early this morning. He got flown to Brisbane Children’s Hospital.”

It comes as a horrified witness said she was “yahooed” at by teenagers who then “took off like the devil was after them” — before horrifically flipping at high speed.

Bailey Toms is recovering in hospital. Picture: David Toms Facebook

Bailey Toms is recovering in hospital. Picture: David Toms FacebookSource:Facebook

The lives of three of the five teenage boys in the car now hang in the balance after their brown 2000 Holden Commodore spun through the air and crashed through a fence at Tamborine Mountain.

A local resident told The Gold Coast Bulletin she was out walking her dog when she saw the car stop in the middle of the road and the people in the car swapped seats before driving past her.

Five teenagers were badly hurt in the horrific smash at Tamborine Mountain.

Five teenagers were badly hurt in the horrific smash at Tamborine Mountain.Source:Gold Coast Bulletin

“They took off like the devil was after them, yahooed at me out of the window and sped off,” she said. “I heard the bang. They should have been getting ready for school, not out doing this.”

The 16-year-old driver lost control of the car on Beacon Rd, Tamborine Mountain in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The vehicle rolled before coming to a rest upside-down against a fence at the local swimming pool.

Wreckage from the car and bits of a fence surrounding the bowling club littered the semirural street in Tamborine North.

Three lives hang in the balance. Picture: Adam Head

Three lives hang in the balance. Picture: Adam HeadSource:News Corp Australia

Two 14-year-old boys were trapped in the back seat after the crash.

They were eventually rescued and flown to the Queensland Children’s Hospital with head, chest and limb injuries.

The driver was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital where he was put into an induced coma with significant head injuries.

All three remain in a critical condition.

A 14-year-old passenger in the front seat and another boy sitting in the back suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital as a precaution.

Queensland Ambulance acting senior operations supervisor Bill Houghton told ABC it was a significant operation, requiring eight ambulance crews and two rescue helicopters.

Witnesses say they heard a loud bang. Picture: Adam Head

Witnesses say they heard a loud bang. Picture: Adam HeadSource:News Corp Australia

“Obviously it is a bit traumatic with the ages of the occupants,” he said.

“The take-home message is just be careful, just be mindful of other road users and yourself and use common sense.”

The minimum age to obtain a learner’s licence in Queensland is 16 and the learner licence period is a minimum of one year. A 16-year-old with a learner licence is required by law to drive with a full licence holder.

Police say speed was a factor and they continue to investigate the crash.

— with wires

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