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Urgent plea to motorists after horror highway fatality

UPDATE, 6.10PM: A TOOWOOMBA region mas has died in a fatal highway smash bringing the Mackay district road toll to seven for 2020.

This is more than double the number of deaths during the same time frame last year, which was three.

Emergency crews were called to the crash site 15km south of Ilbilbie about 11am yesterday where a semi trailer and Mazda 2 had collided on the Bruce Highway.

The driver of the Mazda, a 29-year-old Drayton man, suffered significant injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The vehicle was extensively damaged in the crash.

The truck driver, a 52-year-old Glenlee man, was treated for minor injuries.

The highway was closed for a time before being reopened under traffic control.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Area Commander Russell Collier said a crew from Sarina and a rescue tender from Mackay was tasked to the scene, arriving at 11.44am.

Both vehicles came to a stop off the highway as a result of the crash.

Mr Collier urged all drivers to remember road safety.

"People are still using the road network and it's like any other day, if you're on the road network you have to be safe, be aware of your surroundings," he said.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the incident.

 

UPDATE, 4PM: A TOOWOOMBA region man has died in a fatal crash south of Mackay.

Police are investigating the collision involving a truck and car at Carmila about 11am.

Preliminary information suggests a Mazda 2 and prime mover collided on the Bruce Highway, 15km south of Ilbilbie.

The driver of the car, a 29-year-old man from Drayton, suffered significant injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck driver, a 52-year-old Glenlee man, was treated for minor injuries.

The Bruce Highway was closed before being reopened under traffic control.

 

UPDATE, 12.40PM: One person has died and another has been taken to hospital after a serious crash on the Bruce Highway.

Emergency service were called to the scene 60km south of Carmila just after 11am.

Crews on scene initially assessed two people with one person being transported to Mackay Hospital in a stable condition.

A second person was assessed at the scene for critical injures but was not transported.

The RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter was initially tasked but was stood down.

The Forensic Crash Unit is on scene and is investigating.

 

INITIAL, 12.20PM: EMERGENCY services are at the scene of a truck crash south of Mackay.

Paramedics were called to the Bruce Highway near Carmila where a car and truck collided before 11am today.

A Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said crews at the scene were treating two people.

The Bruce Highway is blocked about 60km south of Sarina, a Queensland Police spokesman said.

He said it was unclear how long the road would be closed.

The Forensic Crash Unit has been tasked to the incident.

More to come.



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