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Irish woman,32, lost life in flames of Queensland collision

Khalid Umar Malik
04 Oct 2023, 18:13 GMT+10

QUEENSLAND, Australia - An investigation is ongoing in Australia following the death of an Irish woman in a two-vehicle collision in Queensland on Saturday.

Carol Early, 32, of Drogheda, Co Louth, was killed on Priestdale Road in Brisbane, a small town on the country's east coast.

According to the Queensland Police Service, an investigation has revealed that a Sedan car collided with a utility vehicle on the Priestdale Road roundabout.

"Both vehicles then collided with a power pole before bursting into flames," according to the Queensland Police Service.

Ms. Early, a passenger in the utility vehicle, was killed at the scene.

The utility driver, Ms. Early's husband, Tony Buckley, and the Sedan driver were taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Ms. Early has been working as a graphic designer in Australia since 2017.

On Sunday morning, prayers were said for Ms. Early and her family at Mass in Drogheda's Augustinian Church.

Ms. Early's friends and husband Tony's friends have paid tribute to her online, with one friend writing: "Sincere condolences to Carol's entire family." "You were a true lady," one wrote, while another added, "Rest in peace, young lady." So sad. RIP."

Meanwhile, friends of the couple in Australia are organizing a GoFundMe collection called 'Carol's funeral and relocation costs' on Mr. Buckley's behalf to cover the costs of her repatriation to Ireland and funeral expenses.

The fundraising page had raised more than €15,000 (AUS$25,611) at publication.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is still ongoing.

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