Motorists delayed by crash say highway is not to blame
BLAME the drivers not the road.
That was the assessment from regular Bruce Highway users who were kept waiting hours after a serious accident on the weekend.
A 20-year-old man was seriously injured in Saturday's crash involving a ute and a truck on the main thoroughfare south of Tannum Sands.
The ute's driver was flown to Rockhampton Base Hospital with internal and spinal injuries.
The highway, near the intersection of Rodds Bay Rd, Iveragh, was closed for six hours as emergency service workers cleaned up debris following an accident about 4am.
A number of drivers spoke to The Observer as they waited for the highway to be cleared on Saturday.
Ruth Nesbitt said road-users needed to drive to the conditions
"There are not many overtaking lanes and people get impatient," she said.
Roy Pakes said the road was good but truck drivers should take care.
"It's as safe as a road as you'll ever get," he said.
"Drivers are usually courteous but sometimes trucks get impatient.
"There's no excuse of an accident here in my book."
Jim Facey said the straight road was not dangerous.
"You can't completely blame the road," he said.
The view was not unanimous, with Gladstone resident Ben Loakes saying more work needed to be done on
roads in the region.
"Gladstone is the forgotten step-sister in Queensland," Mr Loakes said.
"Between here (Iveragh) and Miriam Vale it has always been a black spot."
Several ambulances and fire trucks were at the crash scene
The road was opened to single lane traffic about midday.
Sgt Peter Stone, of Gladstone police, said he could not comment on the crash as the investigation was ongoing.
He encouraged motorists to drive to the conditions.
"Being aware of your surroundings is a great way to avoid crashes," he said.