Truck driver dies in crash on Bruce Hwy

Truckie had been on road for an hour before fatal crash

THE truck driver who died in a single-vehicle crash north of Calliope on Thursday night was Rockhampton truck driver Paul Hooper, 45. 

Mr Hooper's prime mover jack-knifed and went off the Bruce Hwy.

The father was found deceased at the scene just after 8.10pm.

Sergeant Ray Pimm, of the Forensic Crash Unit, said a motorist who was travelling behind the truck watched the accident unfold.

He said some truck drivers also pulled up and raced to the truck to check on the driver, but found him unresponsive.

After jack-knifing, the truck travelled about 120m up the highway, coming to rest 20m off the road after hitting trees.

Mr Hooper was driving from Rockhampton, and had left only an hour before the accident.

Police are unsure where he was headed, but in previous days he had made several trips between Rockhampton and Bundaberg.

The truck was towed from the scene and will be impounded for a mechanical inspection.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the crash.



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