8.20am: POLICE last night issued a press release stating a 22-year-old Benaraby man had been trapped in the accident at Midgee on the Bruce Highway yesterday afternoon.
The statement said police were investigating the multivehicle traffic crash which occurred around 2.20pm on the Bruce Highway and involved two trucks and four cars.
Initial investigations indicate during the crash a car and a utility were run over by one of the trucks with the truck coming to rest on top of the utility.
The driver of the car, a 22-year-old Benaraby man, was trapped in the wreckage and had to be cut free. He was taken to the Rockhampton Hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening. Two passengers in the vehicle, a woman and a child, were not injured.
The driver of the utility, a 36-year-old Blacks Beach man, managed to free himself from the vehicle and was not injured.
No one else was injured.
The Bruce Highway was closed for a number of hours with traffic being diverted before reopening around 8pm.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or qld.crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.
For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444.
5am: IT WAS nothing short of miraculous there were no deaths on the Bruce Hwy yesterday in a serious accident near Midgee, south of Rockhampton.
It is believed the accident was started around 2.30pm when a semi-trailer side swiped a stationary B-double, causing a chain reaction that resulted in complete carnage of three vehicles and two trucks.
In the midst of the chaos, the semi-trailer ran over a late model Magna sedan carrying a man, his wife and their child.
Incredibly, the male occupant of the Magna was the only person injured, escaping from the accident with a fractured right arm, for which he was treated at the Rockhampton Hospital.
After crushing the Magna, the semi-trailer ran over the top of a Triton utility.
Witnesses say the Mackay driver of the utility avoided injury by reclining his seat before escaping the vehicle through the back door.
The third car was clipped by the semi-trailer.
Police had to close both lanes of the Hwy for more than five hours following the accident while the site was cleaned up.
However, less than one hour later a cement truck collided with a vehicle on the Capricorn Hwy, just 500m from the Yeppen roundabout.
One person was trapped in a vehicle following that accident, but were freed without injury just before 4pm.
Three people were treated at the scene, but nobody required hospital transportation.
There were no other reported injuries.
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