Mystery woman in fatal crash
POLICE believe the body found on Thursday in the wreckage of a truck crash south of Rockhampton belongs to a New South Wales woman.
District Inspector Marcus Hill, from the Rockhampton police station, said the woman, in her early 40s, was travelling in the B-Double truck at the time of the incident.
Southern media reported that she may have been a mistress of the driver, but Inspector Hill could only say the pair were known to each other.
He said investigations overnight and information received from next of kin had helped with their progress.
Positive identification, which would require DNA and dental records, could take several weeks.
On Thursday workers discovered human remains at the scene of Wednesday’s
horrific truck accident near Rockhampton.
The Bruce Highway smash, involving an army semi-trailer and B-double truck, was, until yesterday, thought not to have been fatal.
Workers involved in the clean-up discovered the unidentified body about midday on Thursday.
On Wednesday, initial searches at the crash scene on the highway near Ulam Road in Bajool indicated all occupants of the vehicles had been accounted for.
Both vehicles had burst into flames, forcing police to set up a one-kilometre exclusion zone.
Investigations are continuing to identify the deceased.
The soldiers involved in the crash suffered lower limb injuries, while a 40-year-old man, who is believed to have been thrown from the other truck which was heading south, suffered multiple injuries including a fractured pelvis.
He was still in hospital yesterday, in a stable condition.