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Mourned for a teenager tragically killed in a car accident in Gladfield, south-east Queensland

A 17-year-old man has been mourned after he was killed in a horrific three-car collision, leaving a close-knit community reeling from the tragedy.

Rider William Turner was killed on Sunday when his 4WD slammed into oncoming traffic on the Cunningham Highway in Gladfield, south-east Queensland.

Five others were injured in the accident and sent to hospital, but did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

Family friends Leeanne Eastwell set up a GoFundMe page to cover funeral expenses and remembered William as a close friend of her youngest son, Lane.

Rider William Turner (pictured) died when his 4WD ute collided head-on with two vehicles on the Cunningham Highway in Gladfield, south-east Queensland, on Sunday

“I took them to football at Toowoomba a few times a week, and he ended up being the fifth boy I never had,” Ms Eastwell told The Chronicle.

‘He was such a good boy, wasn’t he [was] places gone for sure, he was a larrikin everyone loved, the life of the party.”

She said William had always been there for her son Lane.

Lane even got a tribute to the teen tattooed on his forearm, which read, “William Peter Turner. 4/16/05 11/20/22, ’90 or nothing”.

’90 or nothing’ is a common saying in the camp drafting sport William competed in, meaning you have to risk everything whether you succeed or not.

William was heading west when he reportedly pulled into the opposite side of the road in front of two oncoming cars, according to the Courier Mail.

A farm worker, who helped emergency services (pictured) in the aftermath, said the scene was 'a mess'

A farm worker, who helped emergency services (pictured) in the aftermath, said the scene was 'a mess'

A farm worker, who helped emergency services (pictured) in the aftermath, said the scene was ‘a mess’

The enthusiastic rider, who was the only occupant in his vehicle, suffered critical injuries in the crash near Gladfield Back Road and died at the scene.

A farm worker, who helped emergency services in the aftermath, told the Chronicle that the scene “was a mess.”

“One car was upside down in the middle of the road, another was on its side on the side of the road, and there was a ute in the middle,” he said.

The highway was closed in both directions for hours.

William, who hailed from Texas, southwest of Warwick, was well known in campdraft circles having competed in the sport throughout Queensland.

Campdrafting is an equestrian event, where a rider isolates an ox from a pack and drives it around a set course.

He was driving west at the time when he reportedly pulled onto the opposite side of the road in front of two oncoming cars (photo, vision of the aftermath)

He was driving west at the time when he reportedly pulled onto the opposite side of the road in front of two oncoming cars (photo, vision of the aftermath)

He was driving west at the time when he reportedly pulled onto the opposite side of the road in front of two oncoming cars (photo, vision of the aftermath)

He was driving west on the highway at the time when he reportedly pulled over on the opposite side of the road in front of two oncoming cars, the Courier Mail said.

The fervent rider was seriously injured in the accident and died on the spot.

The highway was closed in both directions for hours.

The tragedy comes just days after William graduated from Scots PGC College in Warwick.

Director Kyle Thompson told the Courier Mail that the boy was a gifted student.

“Will was a much-loved member of our college community,” Mr. Thompson said.

“He was an avid camp draftsman and was looking forward to embarking on the next step of his journey as an apprentice boilermaker after school.”

The highway (pictured) was closed in both directions for several hours after the horror disaster

The highway (pictured) was closed in both directions for several hours after the horror disaster

The highway (pictured) was closed in both directions for several hours after the horror disaster

Meanwhile, the messages of support for the young man continued to pour in.

“I can’t believe this happened to Will, I hope everyone is well,” Macgregor Long said in tribute.

“I send my love and sincere condolences to Will’s family,” said Liz Alldridge

The GoFundMe platform raised $5,650 on Thursday, more than halfway to the $10,000 goal.

Police are calling on witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage of the accident to come forward.

The investigations are continuing.

Hailing from Texas, southwest of Warwick, William was well known in campdraft circles after competing in the sport throughout Queensland (pictured, campdrafting in action)

Hailing from Texas, southwest of Warwick, William was well known in campdraft circles after competing in the sport throughout Queensland (pictured, campdrafting in action)

Hailing from Texas, southwest of Warwick, William was well known in campdraft circles after competing in the sport throughout Queensland (pictured, campdrafting in action)

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