A woman is dead and another is fighting for her life after a three-car crash in southern Queensland.

A 54-year-old woman is dead and another woman is in a critical condition after a three-car crash near the border of Queensland and NSW.

At about 3.15pm (AEDT) on Saturday, two cars had a head-on collision on the New England Highway, in Stanthorpe in southern Queensland.

Police say a third car also hit the vehicles.

A 54-year-old NSW woman, who was involved in the first crash, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another passenger from the same car, a 20-year-old NSW woman, was airlifted to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition.

A 25-year-old NSW woman, who was driving the car in which the woman died, was taken to Toowoomba Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Police say the driver of the other car in the first collision, a 37-year-old Surfers Paradise woman, was “uninjured” and is assisting officers with their inquiries.

All three occupants of the third vehicle weren’t hurt in the crash.

The highway has been reopened after being closed for several hours.