A Queensland mother has revealed how she spoke to her teenage son just minutes before the broken down car he was sitting in was struck by another vehicle, causing it to burst into flames and killing his four friends.
Natasha Maggs and Allan Sullivan, both 20, Kody Williams, 18, and Tiana Williams, 17, all died when their car was hit from behind on the M1 Motorway in Coomera on the Gold Coast just after midnight on Friday.
Thomas Bayer, 16, who was the only survivor, managed to climb through a shattered windscreen.
The driver of the other vehicle, Jordan Hayes-McGuiness, 18, was also killed.
Thomas's mother Elji Bayer told the Courier-Mail that just 10 minutes before the accident she had spoken to her son and Natasha on their mobile phones.
"They asked how far away the tow-truck was and said they were just chilling," Ms Bayer said.
"I rang again about 10 minutes later but we couldn't figure out where they were, none of their phones answered," she said.
Ms Bayer drove to where the car had broken down to help only to find the horrific crash scene.
"We were 10 minutes too late," she said.
The car her son was in had been pushed 30m down the road by the impact of the crash and it took fire crews 35 minutes to put of the blazing vehicles.
Thomas was taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital where he underwent surgery for burns.