A CYCLIST is in a critical condition after being struck by a car near Ipswich late yesterday afternoon.

The teenage girl was travelling along Mount Tarampa Rd at Mount Tarampa at 4.20pm when the collision occurred.

She suffered serious head injuries and as a result a rescue helicopter was called to the scene.

The aeromedical crew worked alongside paramedics from the Queensland Ambulance Service to stabilise the girl.

She was airlifted from the site about 5.30pm and flown to Queensland Children's Hospital for further treatment.

Police closed the road in both directions to allow in a  Forensic Crash Unit.

They are also appealing for witnesses or those travelling on the road with dashcam footage to come forward.