An 18-year-old driver has survived a road crash that killed his two passengers this morning at Ipswich, west of Brisbane.

The car crashed into several fences and clipped two houses at Silkstone around dawn before flipping onto its roof.

The two passengers were thrown from the vehicle and died on impact.

The 18-year-old driver is in hospital with serious head injuries.

Neighbour Peter Lymberg says he tried to help the 18-year-old driver who was in the upturned car.

"We were trying to calm him down but the driver just wanted to get out of the car and he asked for his brother," he said.

Neil Strode, who lives near the accident scene, says there was a huge bang like a tree falling.

"Absolutely unbelievable that a car could have done so much damage and what speed was this person doing?" he said.

Inspector David Preston says speed seems to have been a factor in the crash.

"We are looking at all things including speed and the distance the vehicle has taken to pull up, so that's one of the considerations," he said.

Police have appealed for information from witnesses.

Engineers will today check the structural integrity of the damaged homes.

The car involved in the crash is registered to an address in Logan, south of Brisbane.

Meanwhile in northern New South Wales, two people have been killed in a two-car smash on the Pacific Highway near Bangalow this morning.

Those four deaths have taken the national holiday road toll to 40.

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