A 39-year-old Tinaroo woman, identified as Karen Kattenburg, has died following a two-vehicle crash just south of Mareeba on Wednesday morning. 

Queensland Police confirmed two four-wheel-drive vehicles collided while travelling in opposite directions around 6.15am.

Ms Kattenburg, who was the driver and sole occupant of one vehicle, was sadly pronounced deceased at the scene. 

A 56-year-old Mareeba man driving the other vehicle was airlifted to Cairns Hospital with serious leg and pelvic injuries. 

Tropic Now understands the area on the Kennedy Highway was covered in thick fog when the crash occurred. 

Inspector Andrew Cowie said preliminary investigations suggest the LandCruiser being driven by the man, travelling south, was overtaking a truck when it collided head-on with Ms Kattenburg's vehicle.

"At this stage we believe the environmental conditions were the most significant factor however the forensic crash investigation unit will make those enquires," he said. 

Anyone with information on the crash, particularly dashcam footage, is being urged to contact police.



A woman is in a critical condition and a man has been airlifted to Cairns Hospital in a serious condition following a two-vehicle crash just south of Mareeba. 

At 6.17am this morning emergency services, including critical care, attended the two-vehicle collision near the intersection of Martin Avenue and Kennedy Highway.

Paramedics assessed a woman in a critical condition and a man in a serious condition after being trapped in his vehicle with leg and pelvic injuries. 

The man in his 50s was taken to Mareeba Hospital before being transferred via rescue helicopter to Cairns Hospital after 8am. 

A forensic crash unit is currently on the scene. 


“A detailed investigation is underway and as such there will be extensive traffic delays in the area,” a police spokesperson said. 

“Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or have dashcam footage of the incident are urged to make contact with police.”

Traffic diversions are in place and motorists are being told to avoid the area if possible.

More to come.