'It's a bit of a mess': Tow truck drivers work to clear the wreckage of a semi-trailer that has blocked the Bruce Hwy near Nambour.
'It's a bit of a mess': Tow truck drivers work to clear the wreckage of a semi-trailer that has blocked the Bruce Hwy near Nambour. Facebook: Clayton's Towing

Truck driver escapes injury in serious Bruce Hwy crash

UPDATE: The Bruce Hwy has reopened more than five hours after a serious truck crash blocked north bound lanes. 

When the semi-trailer loaded with heavy machinery crashed across the highway this morning the "biggest fears" about living near the busy road became a reality for one nearby resident. 

The truck, which rolled across the north-bound lanes, broke through a fence, and came to rest on upside down, so close to Eirinn Noy's home she could see the wreckage from her bedroom window.

"Scary wake up call, literally," she said.

"My biggest fear about living close to the highway came true.

"Front of the truck is only metres from my back fence."

Claytons Towing | Facebook

The north-bound lanes of the highway remain blocked hours after the crash happened about 4.30am. 

The driver was able to free himself from the wreckage and suffered minor injuries. 

Diversions are in place for drivers travelling north, via Nambour Bli Bli Rd and Nambour Connection Rd.

 

UPDATE: Police say the Bruce Hwy will remain closed until at least 9am after a truck crash early this morning. 

Both north-bound lanes were blocked when the semi-trailer heading south, carrying heavy machinery, crossed the median strip and rolled across both lanes at Parklands, near Nambour. 

The highway has been closed to north-bound traffic, and diversions in place since the crash about 4.30am.

Clayton's Towing has been working for hours to clear the machines and the wreckage of the truck from the highway. 

The man driving the truck was able to free himself from the wreckage before he paramedics arrived. 

He had chest pain, and was taken to Nambour Hospital in a stable condition. 

UPDATE: Police expect the Bruce Highway to remain shut for another two hours following this morning's truck rollover.

The crash was logged with police at 5.30am and the two northbound lanes are currently closed at Nambour with traffic being diverted through Yandina.

A police spokesperson said they are waiting for heavy haulage to arrive.

"It's a bit of a mess. There was an excavator and a front loader on the truck. We're waiting for the tow truck that tows trucks."

A crane might also be needed to help clean up the crash.

A spokeswoman for Queensland Ambulance Service said the truck had been travelling south when it crossed the median strip into the northbound lanes and rolled. 

The man driving the truck was able to free himself from the wreckage before he paramedics arrived. 

He had chest pain, and was taken to Nambour Hospital in a stable condition. 

‎Jamie Bryson‎ | Facebook

 

EARLIER: TWO lanes of the Bruce Highway are closed following a truck rollover.

The semi trailer carrying an excavator is thought to have over turned just before 5am on the Bruce Highway just north of Bli Bli Road at Nambour on the Sunshine Coast.

Queensland Police have confirmed both northbound lanes of the Bruce Highway are still blocked following the rollover.

Traffic is being diverted via the off-ramp and motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

Claytons Towing recommends motorists travel via the Nambour Connection Road.

The truck's driver is thought to be injured, but the detail and severity of those injuries are not yet clear.

More to come.



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