Driver dies in fiery collision
A GLADSTONE man, 21, died after a horror crash, involving a B-double carrying recycled oil, near Mount Larcom.
The tragic crash was the worst of three in a seven kilometre stretch of the Bruce Highway.
All three crashes occurred within a few hours and kept the Bruce Highway closed for the day.
As authorities investigate the cause of the collisions, a warning has gone out to all motorists to drive to conditions, particularly with the wet weather forecast for the rest of the week.
The day got off to a bad start at 8.45am when two trucks collided, 100m north of the service station at Mt Larcom, about 75km south of Rockhampton.
Neither of the drivers was injured.
However, 35 minutes later another crash occurred 2km north of the first.
The Gladstone man was sitting in his stationary car in traffic banked up from the first crash, when, police said, the B-double truck hit his vehicle from behind.
The man died at the scene.
The truck cabin caught fire and it took about two hours for authorities to put the blaze out.
The 58-year-old male truck driver was airlifted to Rockhampton Hospital with non-life threatening burns.
A further four vehicles were also struck as a result of the crash.
A 22-year-old woman driving another vehicle was taken to Gladstone Hospital with non-serious injuries.
A few hours later, a four-wheel-drive and a van collided about 2.30pm, about 5km south of Mount Larcom leaving a 23-year-old man trapped, police said.
The man was cut free about 4pm after being trapped by his feet and sustained significant injuries to his feet, legs, arms and hip.
Police will investigate if the wet weather played a role in the crashes.
Authorities re-opened one lane of traffic about 7.30pm.
8.45am: Two trucks collide about 100m north of the service station at Mount Larcom. No one reportedly injured.
9.15am: A second crash about 2km north of the first on the Bruce Highway. This crash involved a B-double carrying waste oil which collided with a vehicle that was stationary in traffic backed up from the earlier crash. An exclusion zone set up.
11.30am: Police lift the exclusion zone.
Midday: Police confirm the driver of the car in the second crash had died, while the driver of the truck was airlifted to Rockhampton Hospital.
2.30pm: A four-wheel-drive and a van collide about 5km south of Mount Larcom leaving one man trapped.
4pm: Firefighters free the man.
5.45pm: Police clear the third crash site.
7.24pm: Police re-open one lane of the highway.