Louise Collins, 37, and her daughter Poppy died in a crash in Sri Lanka. Pictures: Supplied
Louise Collins, 37, and her daughter Poppy died in a crash in Sri Lanka. Pictures: Supplied

Brisbane mum, child killed in Sri Lanka

A BRISBANE woman and her four-year-old daughter have been killed in a car crash in southern Sri Lanka.

Louise Collins, 37, and her daughter Poppy died when the white van they were travelling it collided with a parked lorry on the side of the road near the town of Nagoda on Wednesday.

The van was also carrying two other Australians whose identities have not yet been confirmed.

Mrs Collins' family confirmed their involvement in the tragedy with The Courier-Mail on Thursday.

Local news website Colombo Page published a photo purporting to be the wrecked van.

Local news website Colombo Page published an image purporting to be the wrecked van the Australians were travelling in. Picture: Colombo Page
Local news website Colombo Page published an image purporting to be the wrecked van the Australians were travelling in. Picture: Colombo Page

Mrs Collins' oldest brother James confirmed Poppy's brother Freddy, 2, and father Patrick, from Melbourne, were the other two people injured in the crash.

They remain in a Sri Lankan hospital recovering from their injuries.

James said the family loved holidaying in Sri Lankan and had visited several times.

"They were going over there for a short break. They loved the peace and tranquillity over there,"

Louise has been remembered as "loving and vibrant".

The family was based in Doha, Qatar.

A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said: "(The department) is providing consular assistance in relation to the death of two Australians and injury of two further Australians in a motor vehicle accident in Sri Lanka, in accordance with the Consular Services Charter."