Traffic accident claims two lives
TWO are dead and three are seriously injured after a car collided with a light truck on the Bruce Highway early yesterday morning.
A man believed to be in his 30s and a boy believed to be aged eight died at the scene, while three passengers were rushed to Gladstone Hospital with serious injuries, including a girl believed to be five and a woman in her 20s, both of whom were passengers in the car.
The truck driver, 48, from Capalaba in Brisbane’s east, is also in a critical condition. While all injured passengers were taken to Gladstone hospital police said the girl and the truck driver would have to be flown to the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
The two other truck passengers, a 51-year-old woman and an 18-year old man were not injured.
The two-vehicle crash happened about 4am yesterday morning on the Bruce Highway about 23kms south of Mt Larcom. Police closed the highway in both directions and it remained closed for the majority of the day.
Investigations are continuing.
The double fatality is the third fatal accident in three weeks for the region.
Last Saturday a 29-year-old Clinton woman was killed when her car collided with a semi-trailer on the Bruce Highway near Gympie.
The previous weekend a 31-year old Gladstone man was killed at Boyne Island when his hatchback lost control and rolled on Benaraby Road.
Gladstone police said following the increased number of fatal accidents in the region and with school holidays starting today, they would be cracking down on errant motorists and increasing traffic patrols.
“There will be extra traffic crews targeting speeding and log books for truck drivers. Slow down and drive to the conditions,” a police spokesperson said.