The remains of the caravan that collided with a truck this morning. The family members who were towing the caravan in a 4WD walked away unharmed.
The remains of the caravan that collided with a truck this morning. The family members who were towing the caravan in a 4WD walked away unharmed.

Dead man cut out of truck

A FAMILY has miraculously walked away unscathed from a horrific car accident that claimed the life of a truck driver on Tuesday morning at Gladstone-Mt Larcom Rd, Mt Larcom.

It is believed that the accident occurred at about 6.50am when the east-bound truck strayed on to the wrong side of the road and collided with a caravan heading west.

The caravan was being towed by a four wheel drive containing a family of six.

The 32-year-old truck driver from Dalby was pronounced dead at the scene and emergency services worked all morning before his body was freed from the cab at around 12.20pm.

A 25-tonne crane was called to upturn the truck so emergency services could get to the man.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service used hydraulic and cutting gear in order to free his body.

The family in the 4WD was uninjured and able to drive away after consulting police.

Their caravan was obliterated and its contents were spread across a large stretch of the road.

The family later returned to sift through their belongings.

A QRFS spokesperson expressed concern at the number of truck accidents that have occurred on that particular stretch of road.

“This is the fourth accident I have personally attended where a truck has run off this stretch of road in the past six months.

"I don’t know if it’s increased truck traffic from Mt Larcom but there’s something going on,” he said.

This was the second fatal accident to occur in the region in 24 hours.

On Monday a 16-year-old female and 18-year-old pregnant woman died after a head-on collision about 25km south of Miriam Vale.

Investigations are continuing.



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