LISTEN: 'Extreme caution': Paramedic tells of 000 call in fog, smoke chaos

What we know:

- The Bruce Hwy has been closed in both directions south of Miriam Vale due to heavy smoke and fog.

- There has been at least two car accidents, involving five cars in total, as a result of the low visibility.

- Drivers have been urged to avoid or delay travel.

- It's believed the fog is so thick that drivers can only see 1m ahead.

Friday:

A BLANKET of dense morning fog and smoke brewed the perfect storm for a chaotic morning on the Bruce Hwy, with seven vehicles involved in two crashes yesterday morning.

For more than four hours a 13km stretch of the Bruce Hwy was closed due to thick, dense smoke and fog covering the road, leaving drivers with little to no visibility.

But even though the traffic was being diverted or told to wait, it was chaos inside the blanket of fog, with seven cars involved in two accidents.

The Bruce Hwy has been closed in both directions after thick smoke and fog blanketed the road.
The Bruce Hwy has been closed in both directions after thick smoke and fog blanketed the road.

Thursday 1pm:

THE Bruce Hwy is now open after thick and heavy fog and smoke blanketed a 13km stretch of the road this morning.

UPDATE 9.40am:

THE thick smoke and fog is slowly clearing on the Bruce Hwy, but the road is still closed in both directions.

Of the eight people who were treated by the Queensland Ambulance Service, five were taken to the Gladstone Hospital with minor injuries.

A Miriam Vale ambulance officer said the fog was "ten times worse" than the pictures supplied above.

"You would not have been able to see the policeman," he said.

UPDATE 7.30am:

A THIRD car accident has been reported as a result of the heavy smoke and fog at Miriam Vale.

Multiple police crews, rural fire and emergency services and ambulance officers are all on the scene.

The smoke and fog stretches 13km along the Bruce Hwy.

The Queensland Ambulance Service is treating seven patients, five from one car accident and two from another.

Drivers are urged to avoid or delay travel.

UPDATE 7.20am:

THERE has been two car accidents as a result of the heavy smoke and fog south of Miriam Vale.

The first crash involved three cars and was 10-15km south of Miriam Vale.

Queensland Ambulance Service is on the scene and is treating one person from the crash who is complaining of chest pain.

The second crash involved a truck and a car 25km south of Miriam Vale.

The ambulance officers are treating two people, one with chest pain and another with minor head injuries.

UPDATE 6.50pm:

HEAVY smoke and fog are causing problems on the Bruce Hwy, with reports of a car accident and a person suffering smoke inhalation. 

There are reports a truck and car have crashed south of Miriam Vale as a result of the low visibility on the road.

Two cars were also found in the fog, where one person was affected by the smoke. They are being treated by the ambulance now.

Miriam Vale Rural Fire Auxiliary lieutenant Lance Coster said he has never seen fog so thick and heavy in the area before.

"We drove through it to get to the other end and at some points you could only see three metres in front," he said.

"I've never seen fog this bad before," he said.

The fire crew has closed one end of the road, and the police are at the other end. It is not known how long the road will be closed for.

Drivers have been warned to avoid or delay travelling.

Earlier 6.15am:

A 13km stretch of the Bruce Hwy south of Miriam Vale has been closed due to heavy fog and smoke.

A rural auxiliary fire and emergency services crew is closing the road now, and it is not known how long the closure will be in place for.

Truck drivers reported the fog and smoke on the road, which caused very low visibility.

A fire and emergency services spokeswoman said it was a combination of smoke from a permit burn yesterday and early morning fog.

"With the fog and smoke it's very low visibility," she said.

"The road will be closed 25km south of Miriam Vale till 13km south of Miriam Vale."

Motorists have been asked to avoid the area.



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