Highway mayhem

By LYNDAL GAWEN

A MAN was fighting for his life in a Brisbane hospital last night after a day of traffic mayhem on the Bruce Highway.

Traffic controllers, State Emergency Services, the Rescue Helicopter, Queensland Ambulance and Fire and Rescue were all in full swing yesterday as they pulled people from wrecks and cleared the highway.

The drama began after two trucks travelling in opposite directions sideswiped each other at 4.45am, causing one to roll and burst into flames, just north of Marlborough.

Highway traffic was then diverted to a narrow dirt road through the town of Ogmore where the driver of a van lost control and the vehicle ran into a ditch and hit a tree. As North Rockhampton Fire and Rescue crews were close by, they attended the scene and extracted the two male occupants of the 2002 Mercedes-Benz van.

The van's passenger was flown by helicopter to Rockhampton Hospital with head and chest injuries, a broken arm and multiple lacerations.

He was last night flown to Royal Brisbane Hospital in a critical condition.

The truck which caught fire was loaded with scrap metal, while the other truck was completing a delivery. Both drivers escaped the accident with minor injuries.

It was 12 hours before the highway was fully operational after the truck accident.

Emergency services had to clean up the burnt-out truck wreck, remove the second truck's load and make the road surface safe from oil and diesel spillage.



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