The scene of the incident. Picture: Emily Halloran.
The scene of the incident. Picture: Emily Halloran.

Woman pronounced dead after crash

A WOMAN in her 70s has died after suffering from a medical episode while driving along Nerang Street in Southport.

It is understood the 78-year-old woman had just left an appointment on the street when the incident occurred.

At 7.47am she crashed into a garden bed at the front of Vision Centre Gold Coast.

The woman was found critically injured and was trapped inside the champagne-coloured car.

At 8.15am she was pronounced dead.

As of 9.50am forensics officers were working to remove her body from the car. They have had to remove two of the car's doors and a hearse has arrived on scene.

Police have confirmed her family has been contacted and are "very distraught".


The damaged car. Picture: Emily Halloran.
The damaged car. Picture: Emily Halloran.

Senior sergeant James Winter said it is believed the woman died due to the medical incident, not due to the impact of the "serious crash".

"Upon arrival the vehicle had gone into a garden bed at the front of 95 Nerang Street," he said.

"At approximately 8.15am, the single female elderly driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene by Queensland Ambulance Service.

"Forensic crash investigators are carrying out investigations to determine what happened.

"It is believed she was deceased prior to the actual accident happening."

Asked what happened on Little High Street, Sgt Winter said: "It's believe she had backed into another vehicle and then had driven directly across, directly over the G:Link rail tracks and hit the building.

"The damage (to the building) is minimal. She had hit a garden bed."

A man who lives on Nerang Street said he had "never seen ambulances drive so fast" along the road.

A woman told the Bulletin she had heard the car had driven over the tram tracks.

"Thank god she didn't run into the tram or hit anyone walking on the footpath," the woman said.