Man killed in tanker crash
A DAY of carnage on the Bruce Highway near Mt Larcom left one man dead on Monday. Three separate crashes, all within kilometres of Mt Larcom, occurred in the wet, dark conditions.
The first crash happened when two trucks collided with each other at Mt Larcom. A B-double truck carrying gravel was travelling south when it jackknifed. A car-carrier truck heading north swerved but smashed its front corner before careering off the road.
Miraculously, neither driver was injured.
The fatal crash, the second crash of the morning, happened about 2km north or Mt Larcom and led to police setting-up a 1km exclusion zone.
A B-double truck carrying waste oil collided with a car that was sitting stationary in traffic backed up from the first crash. The 21-year-old male driver of the car died at the scene, while the 58-year-old male truck driver was airlifted to hospital with non-life-threatening burns.
A further four vehicles were also struck.
In the third crash, a four-wheel drive and a van collided 5km south of Mt Larcom, leaving one man trapped.
Day of carnage
8.50am: Two trucks collide near the service station at Mr Larcom.
9.20am: A tanker carrying waste oil collides with a vehicle 2km north of Mt Larcom. A further four vehicles are hit and one man is killed.
2.30pm: Two vehicles collide 5km south of Mt Larcom. One man is trapped.