Crash kills man and boy

ANOTHER weekend, another fatal.

Two people, including an eight-year-old child, are dead and three are critically injured after a car and a light truck collided on the Bruce Highway, 23km south of Mt Larcom, early on Sunday morning.

A Department of Community Safety spokesperson said a man in his thirties and a boy aged eight were deceased when Queensland Ambulance crews arrived on the scene at 4.05am.

Another three patients were treated at the scene, including a 27-year-old woman who had a head injury but was in a stable condition.

A four-year-old girl was in a critical condition with two leg fractures and a serious head injury and the 45-year-old truck driver was freed from his truck by Queensland Fire and Rescue.

He received head injuries, internal injuries and a fractured leg in the crash.

All three victims were transported to Gladstone Hospital before being airlifted to Brisbane.

Another two people travelling in the truck escaped with no injuries.

Investigations are continuing into why the accident happened on a straight stretch of road.

Heavy fog and fatigue are two possible causes.

Gladstone traffic branch officer in charge Chris Lette said the crash was a timely reminder of the importance of drivers to follow road rules.

“In the early hours of Sunday, police and emergency services had the very difficult task of attending the fatal crash on the Bruce Highway,” Snr Sgt Lette said.

“By the end of the same day police were stopping drivers who were blatantly ignoring the warning messages.

“One young driver was detected at 154km, with another two at 144km near where the crash occurred.”

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