Sunshine Coast man dead, police officer injured in collision
LATEST: POLICE have confirmed both men involved in a crash which killed one and seriously injured another were Sunshine Coast locals.
A 44-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene after his sedan crashed into a police SUV on the Obi Obi Rd, Mapleton about 8pm.
A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman said he was from Kidaman Creek, which is bordered by Obi Obi and Maleny National Park.
A Maleny Senior Constable was seriously injured in the crash and flown to the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
The spokeswoman said he remains in a serious but stable condition with an ankle fracture and lacerations.
The sedan and police SUV collided on Obi Obi Rd, Mapleton about 8pm last night.
The police officer was reportedly returning to the station after attending a call-out when the crash occurred.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating with overview from the Ethical Standard Command.
EARLIER: A MAN has died and a police officer flown to hospital after a crash in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Police report the two-vehicle crash happened about 8pm in Mapleton.
Early investigations suggest the a sedan was travelling west on Obi Obi Rd when it collided with a marked police car travelling in the opposite direction.
The 44-year-old sedan driver and sole occupant was pronounced dead at the scene.
A policeman was flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
The police vehicle was a marked Hyundai Santa Fe SUV and police report it was doing a routine patrol at the time of the crash.
Forensic Crash Unit officers are investigating with overview from the Ethical standard Command.
Earlier this morning a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said firefighters were called to assist following reports a person was trapped in the other car and feared dead.
The spokeswoman said one of the vehicles was reportedly emitting smoke, which was brought under control by firefighters.