Two young men have been killed and a third seriously injured in an early morning crash in Ipswich west of Brisbane.

The fatal crash marked a horror start to the new year on Queensland’s roads.

 

The three men were travelling in a high-powered Subaru when the driver lost control, ploughing the car through the side of a house before careering through the fence of another property on Glebe Street in Silkstone about 4.40am.

The two passengers died after being thrown from the car which landed on its roof in the yard of the second house.

The young driver was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital with a suspected fractured skull.

 

The road has been closed as investigations into the cause of the crash continue.

 

Superintendent Andy Morrow said the crash, which brings Queensland’s holiday road toll to five, was on the back of a relatively low number of fatalities on the state’s roads in 2012.

 

But there were still 279 deaths too many last year, he said.

 

‘‘The important thing is each of them had family, each of them had friends. Two hundred and seventy-nine people are no longer with us who were with us this time last year,’’ he said.

 

The national holiday road toll period runs from December 23, 2012, until midnight on January 3, 2013.