Elderly couple escape crash

AN elderly couple suffered minor injuries after their vehicle ran off the road south of Marlborough yesterday.

Their car, towing a trailer, collided with trees at low speed near the Kunwarara Mine turnoff, around 25km south of Marlborough, shortly after midday.

The elderly couple were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The highway was closed for about 15 minutes while the car was retrieved.

It was similar to another accident on Monday morning near Ilbilbie, about 300km north of Rockhampton, where a family travelling south ran off the highway into some trees.

They too escaped without serious injury.

While the accidents were low-impact crashes, they are more incidents on the stretch of the Bruce Highway in Central Queensland.

There have been 56 fatalities between Gladstone and Mackay in the last six years, including eight this year.

The Morning Bulletin launched the Fix the Bruce campaign on September 18 to highlight the safety issues of the highway.

RACQ senior traffic and safety engineer Greg Miszkowycz identified a lack of sufficient overtaking lanes, hazardous intersections, severely narrow roads, small shoulders, rough surfaces and dips on the edge of sections of the road as preventable issues.

The RACQ is calling for a “decade of action” until 2020 for about $1 billion spent on safety improvements to bring the Bruce Highway up to far safer standards.



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