FOUR people lost their lives in two road accidents in North Queensland yesterday.
An elderly couple were killed in a crash at Mount Surround, south of Townsville, after a four-car collision.
The 72-year-old man and 70-year-old woman, from Mundingburra, were driving north when a Ford Falcon, which was heading in the opposite direction, collided with their Mitsubishi Pajero at around 12.30 pm.
The 56-year-old man who was driving the Ford Falcon died instantly. The pensioners were pronounced dead at the scene.
There were two cars travelling behind the Pajero that were unable to avoid the collision.
A 33-year-old woman from Home Hill who was driving a Subaru Impreza suffered a neck injury and was transported to Townsville University Hospital.
Travelling in a Ford Ranger, a 39-year-old man and 37-year-old woman from Heatley suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital.
Earlier in the day, a 52-year-old man from Deeragun died after a three-vehicle crash at Yabulu.
The man, who was driving a silver hatchback, was travelling north at around 9.10 am when he drifted onto the wrong side of the road before clipping a ute and then colliding with another vehicle.
He died at the scene.
A 62-year-old woman, who driving alone, was taken to hospital in Townsville in a serious but stable condition.
The 23-year-old man who was driving the ute was not injured.
Burdekin Panthers cancelled their home games with Ingham Football Club and sent condolences to the families of the deceased.
The Pacific Highway was closed for several hours.
A forensic crash unit is investigating and police are appealing for anyone who may have been travelling in the area at the time of the crash or have dash cam vision to come forward.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of those who lost their lives. May they rest in peace.