Police responding to serious traffic crash at Charters Towers

Police are investigating a traffic crash in Charters Towers this morning which has left an 18-year-old woman with critical injuries.

It is alleged officers from Charters Towers were standing next to a police vehicle on Gill Street when they signalled for a Toyota Landcruiser to stop for the purpose of a Roadside Breath Test (RBT) around 2.30am.

The vehicle allegedly failed to stop and continued to travel out of police sight.

Officers discovered the Landcruiser a short time later crashed into trees on Gill Street.

A passenger of the vehicle, an 18-year-old Jindalee woman, suffered life threatening head injuries as a result of the crash and has been airlifted to Townsville University Hospital.

The alleged driver, a 17-year-old Julia Creek boy, was not seriously injured and conveyed to Charters Towers Station for further testing.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating, overseen by the Ethical Standards Command.

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