Blood-spattered car found after mowing down cyclists

 

UPDATE, 9.15AM:

A smashed-up Rav 4 with a blood-spattered door has been found dumped near the scene of a horrifying hit and run of five cyclists this morning.

Police are currently examining the vehicle found outside Ace Wreckers on Bayswater Road, about 3.5km from where the collision occurred.

Police are investigating whether it was the vehicle involved in the incident, but a police spokeswoman confirmed the vehicle found at the wreckers was not listed as stolen.

 

 

UPDATE, 8.30AM:

NEIGHBOURS woke to a stream of red and blue lights this morning after five cyclists were mowed down by a car.

Mount Louisa resident Margaret Maurice said she heard no collision but saw about seven emergency service cars quickly arrive at the crash scene.

Five cyclists, all with varying injuries and one serious, were taken to hospital after they were run down by a car on Dalrymple Rd early this morning.

Police were investigating whether the car involved was stolen.

The bikes and helmets lay mangled on the side of the main road, reflector tail lights still flickering on two of the bikes and wheels completely bent.

Forensic Crash Unit officers worked around the broken pieces mapping out the crime scene.

Ms Maurice said she watched paramedics work on the cyclists, saying some appeared severely injured.

Another neighbour was also unaware of the incident this morning, saying they were alerted to the carnage only when emergency crews arrived.

Severe traffic delays are still in place with a huge line of cars stationary on the road.

 

EARLIER

Five bicyclists have been rushed to hospital after a car collided with the group along a busy Townsville road this morning and then fled the scene.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said they were called to the crash along Dalrymple Road, Mount Louisa, about 5.45am.

Five bicycle riders were injured in the collision, with one of the females of the group suffering "a significant leg injury".

QAS has provided a full update on all cyclists, which includes:

  • A female patient in her 50s transported in a serious condition with a leg injury.
  • A female in her 40s transported in a serious condition with leg and pelvic injuries.
  • A male patient in his 50s transported stable with a back injury.
  • A male patient in his 30s transported stable with a back injury.
  • A female in her 50s stable with minor injuries.

All patients have been taken to Townsville University Hospital.

Queensland Police has closed one outbound lane of Dalrymple Road near Bamford Lane, with the Forensic Crash Unit still on scene assessing the situation.

A QPS spokeswoman said they were still attempting to locate the vehicle involved, with police investigating the possibility of the car being stolen.

Townsville Executive Manager of Operations David Lowe said the multi-casualty incident saw three ambulance vehicles on scene, two critical care paramedics and one supervisor.