Rocky woman dies in crash

POLICE yesterday confirmed the woman who died in a high-speed highway crash at Bajool, south of Rockhampton, on Tuesday was a 25-year-old Rockhampton resident.

The female driver died in a head-on collision between her sedan and a semi-trailer on the Bruce Highway, about 100km south of Six Mile Creek at 5.10pm.

Her family has been notified but does not want the name released.

Country Inspector Dave Peff said the forensic crash unit had been called to determine the reason for the crash. One third of the front of the Ford Falcon sedan had struck the front of truck.

The sedan was believed to have severed into the truck's path, he said.

Inspector Peff said the woman's car had been travelling south, away from Rockhampton, and the truck was going north when the collision occurred.

The impact crushed the driver's side of the sedan and sent the truck off the road and into two-metre ditch.

Police yesterday had to call cranes in to clear the damaged truck from the side of the highway.

After the accident the highway was closed to all traffic for about two hours, before one way traffic of light vehicles was directed until about 9pm.

Emergency services used cutting equipment to open the car as fears were held at the time that an infant might also have been inside.

It was soon confirmed the woman was the sole occupant.

The truck driver, a 60-year-old man, was taken to hospital after complaining of lower back pain.

Many motorists were directed through alternative routes at Calliope, Biloela, Westwood and Rockhampton, while many heavy vehicles had to wait hours for the highway to be cleared before passing.

Tuesday's fatality takes the Rockhampton Districts road toll to 17 for the year.




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