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Miss World entrant dies after car crash

AAP logoAAP 11/08/2016 By David Sigston

A Miss World Australia finalist has died in hospital more than a week after a head-on crash west of Cairns.

Elyse Miller-Kennedy's car collided with another vehicle on the Burke Developmental Road on August 3.

The 17-year-old was trapped for two hours as rescuers worked to free her.

Ms Miller-Kennedy, who had represented Queensland in the finals of Miss World Australia in July, was flown to Cairns Base Hospital with critical injuries to her upper and lower limbs, head, face and chest.

She was later transferred to Townsville Hospital, where she died on Friday morning.

The community of Dimbulah in far north Queensland is in mourning over the news.

Mareebah Shire councillor and Dimbulah resident Nipper Brown said it was a tragedy for her family and described her as a great advocate for the small town.

Miss World Australia also paid tribute to her on its Facebook page: "Elyse will always be remembered for her beautiful soul, charismatic charm and kind heart. Elyse's inner beauty truly exemplified her outer."

Her potential was "limitless" and she had an incredible passion to "graduate with Honours in Law and help those in need", the post says.

A Facebook page, Prayers For Elyse, was created after the crash to raise money for the Miller-Kennedy family.

More than $50,000 has been raised.

Ms Miller-Kennedy was the only person in her car, while those in the other vehicle were not seriously injured.

Investigations into the crash are continuing.

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