UPDATE: Police believe fatigue, distraction or inattention could have contributed to a crash in which a Darling Heights man, 36, died on the Gore Hwy this morning.

Darling Downs District Acting Inspector Jim McDonald said a prime mover with multi-combination trailers and a black Commodore sedan collided about 14km west of Toowoomba about 10.40am.

The truck was travelling towards Toowoomba and the Commodore sedan with a single male occupant was travelling in the opposite direction.

Emergency services worked to revive the man, but he died at the scene.

The male driver of the truck was taken to the Toowoomba Hospital for treatment for minor injuries.

"Preliminary investigations reveal the Commodore has gone to the other side of the road in front of the truck," he said.

Insp. McDonald said police were investigating whether two of the fatal five (fatigue, inattention and distraction) could have contributed to the crash.

He said the incident served as a reminder for people to take as much care on the road so they could to ensure theirs and other people's safety.

"If you make one mistake it could be yours or someone else's life," he said.

Insp. McDonald said police appreciated the co-operation of drivers whose vehicles had to be diverted around the scene, via Bunkers Hill and the Westbrook township.

The crash is the third between Toowoomba and Pittsworth involving trucks this week.

Speeding, drink driving, failure to wear a seatbelt, driving while fatigued and distraction and inattention make up the Fatal Five. 

Emergency services at the scene of a fatal crash involving a truck and car on the Gore Hwy near Westbrook.
Emergency services at the scene of a fatal crash involving a truck and car on the Gore Hwy near Westbrook.

2.30PM: Police say fatigue could have been a factor in a fatal traffic crash south of Toowoomba earlier today.

The driver of a Commodore sedan collided with a truck outside the former Darling Downs Correctional Centre on the Gore Hwy.

Acting Inspector Darling Downs District Jim McDonald said preliminary investigations of a fatal car crash revealed fatigue, inattention and distraction could have been factors.

Insp McDonald said shortly after 10.30am a prime mover with multi-combination trailers was travelling northbound and collided with a Commodore sedan with a single male occupant travelling southbound.

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"Preliminary investigations reveal the Commodore has gone to the other side of the road in front of the truck," he said.

"We need to investigate what may have caused that."

Insp McDonald said the crash served as a reminder for people to take as much care on the road at they can to ensure their and other people's safety.

"If you make one mistake it could be yours or someone else's life," he said. 

Insp McDonald said the police appreciated the cooperation of the community at this time with diversions in place on the Gore Highway.

The highway will be closed until further notice.

The male driver of the truck was taken to Toowoomba Hospital with minor injuries.

11.30AM: A man is dead after the car he was driving collided with a B-double on the Gore Hwy near Westbrook.

The crash occurred at 10.35am outside the former Darling Downs Correctional Centre about 14km west of Toowoomba.

The man was driving a black Commodore sedan when it collided with the truck.

The Gore Hwy remains blocked. It is expected to be closed for several hours.

Northbound traffic is being diverted via Bunkers Hill.

Southbound traffic will travel via Westbrook.

There is a large diesel spill at the scene of the Gore Hwy crash.

10.45AM: A car and truck have collided on the Gore Hwy west of Westbrook outside the former Darling Downs Correctional Centre.

One motorist is reported to be trapped in the crash wreckage.

The crash occurred at 10.35am about 14km west of Toowoomba.

Emergency services are arriving on scene.

The Gore Hwy is currently blocked in both directions.



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