Emergency services attend to the third crash of the day between a van and four-wheel-drive near Mt Larcom on Monday.
Emergency services attend to the third crash of the day between a van and four-wheel-drive near Mt Larcom on Monday. RACQ Capricorn Rescue Helicopter

Roadworks to disrupt hwy for years

MOTORISTS travelling between Rockhampton and Gladstone on the Bruce Highway should expect roadworks for at least the next couple of years.

Main Roads and Transport Fitzroy region director Terry Hill yesterday urged motorists to be mindful of the high activity on the roads.

His comments came as authorities continued to investigate three serious crashes within the space of hours near Mount Larcom on Monday.

The cause of the crashes is yet to be determined.

Liam O'Reilly died in one of the crashes which involved his car and B-double carrying waste oil.

The B-double driver was transferred to Royal Brisbane Hospital on Monday night.

He was in a stable condition yesterday.

Another man, 23, injured in the third crash, was yesterday in a stable condition with serious injuries.

The man was from Germany and travelling with friends when his van collided with a four-wheel-drive.

Earlier in the day two trucks had collided near the Mount Larcom petrol station, about 75km south of Rockhampton. Both lanes of the Bruce Hwy re-opened yesterday about 4.50pm.

This morning a reduced speed limit of 40kmh will be implemented while work is being conducted at the site.

"In wet weather, the roads are traffic hazards," Mr Hill said.

"There will be a lot of roadworks going on in the next two years."



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