Eight hurt in road crashes as fog clouds highway

A TOTAL of eight people were taken to hospital after crashes in the early-morning fog.

Two crashes on the Bruce Hwy kept emergency services busy at the beginning of yesterday's peak hours.

Emergency services received the first call about 7.30am after a pile up involving three cars and a truck.

Police said the four vehicles collided south of the "cane train railway crossing, near Homebush Rd."

They said the vehicles created a domino effect when slowing down to stop at the crossing.

All four drivers, one male aged 31, two males aged 36 and one 42-year old female were taken to the Mackay Base Hospital.

Two of the three male patients were admitted with soft tissue injuries, such as bruising, and one other with neck and spinal pain was admitted as a precaution.

The fourth patient was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Twenty minutes later emergency services were called to the second crash, a two-car crash, 300m down the road.

Police said the second incident was a similar to the first.

The drivers, a 26-year-old male and a 52-year-old female, and two passengers, a 15-year-old male and 26-year-old female, were taken to Mackay Base Hospital.

The Bruce Hwy was closed for about an hour, with south bound traffic diverted onto Homebush Rd.

North bound traffic remained stuck on the highway.

Police were called to another crash just after midday when a cyclist and a car collided in South Mackay.

Police said the 55-year-old female driver was travelling on Bridge Rd when she and the 22-year-old male cyclist, travelling on Milton St, collided.

The cyclist received minor injuries to his hand and ankle and he was treated at the scene by Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics.



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