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Driver from Bruce Hwy crash is in a stable condition

The truck involved in a crash on the Bruce Highway between Ambrose and Raglan, north-west of Gladstone.
The truck involved in a crash on the Bruce Highway between Ambrose and Raglan, north-west of Gladstone. Mara Pattison-Sowden

5pm Tuesday: THE 38-year-old truck driver involved in the serious crash just south of Raglan last Thursday remains in a stable condition in Rockhampton Base Hospital, the female driver of the sedan which was involved in the collision was discharged from hospital on Monday.

4.45pm Friday: The drivers involved in the serious traffic crash just south of Raglan at the Hut Creek Bridge on the Bruce Hwy on Thursday remain hospitalised.

The 38-year-old truck driver was in a serious condition as of late Friday afternoon, while the 63-year-old female driver of the Mazda sedan, originally reported as 50, remained in a stable condition.

9.45am Friday: Both drivers remain in Rockhampton Hospital after Thursday's crash on the Bruce Highway, south of Raglan.

The woman, from Raglan, is in a stable condition. The truck driver in a serious condition.

10pm Thursday: The Bruce Highway hasn't changed from the "highway of horrors" following Thursday's crash at Raglan where a 50-year-old woman was trapped for more than an hour after a truck collided with her car.

Emergency services said the woman was lucky to be alive after her car was crumpled between a road barrier and the truck, whose 38-year-old driver also required hospitalisation.

A foreign doctor on holiday stopped to render assistance at the scene, while concerned truck drivers wanted to "see what they could do for a mate".

Although smaller traffic was able to detour around Gentle Annie Rd, the highway was closed until 6pm last night, where many of the country's truck drivers just had to tuck in and wait until they could get through.

Truck and car collisions near Raglan on the Bruce Highway are not uncommon.

There have been at least six crashes in the same area since 2008, including a fatality.

Sgt Kieran Barton, of Gladstone Police, said it appeared a heavy vehicle that was travelling north left the roadway for some reason, came back onto the roadway and veered onto the other side, and collided with a sedan that was travelling south on the Bruce Highway.

Bruce Hwy

  • 6500 vehicles travel the Bruce Hwy between Gladstone and Rockhampton daily.
  • 32% are heavy vehicles.

Raglan crashes on the Bruce

  • January 2008 - 19-year-old died when a semi-trailer and sedan collided south of Raglan
  • August 2010 - A B-double rolled on the bridge
  • July 2011 - ammunitions truck roller over south of Raglan
  • December 2011 - Single truck rollover in the vicinity of Raglan Creek
  • February 2012 - Two car crash at the bridge
  • September 2013 - a campervan overturned just south of Raglan Tavern

 

 

 

As it happened: Rolling coverage

UPDATE 6.30PM: The Bruce Highway reopened at 5.58pm after a collision between a truck and car near Raglan had closed the road for several hours.

UPDATE 4.05PM: The Bruce Highway is still closed just south of Raglan after a truck and car collided before lunch today.

It is believed the highway will remain closed until 5pm.

There is an alternative route in place along Gentle Annie Rd.

UPDATE 1.10PM: A woman trapped in her car after a crash on the Bruce Highway has been removed from the vehicle and airlifted by the RACQ Capricorn Rescue Service chopper.

The crash happened near the Hut Creek bridge between Ambrose and Raglan, north-west of Gladstone, at about 11.45am.

Sgt Kieran Barton, of Gladstone police, said it appeared a heavy vehicle that was travelling north left the roadway for some reason, came back onto the roadway and veered onto the other side, and collided with a sedan that was travelling south on the Bruce Hwy.

"Both drivers have been taken to Rockhampton Hospital. The male driver of the truck was taken by ambulance and the female driver of the sedan was airlifted," Sgt Barton said.

"The highway will be closed for another several hours. Our investigations are still ongoing, and hopefully we'll get it over with as fast as possible.

"We do have diversions in place, so hopefully that will ease a bit of the traffic."

The crash between the Mitsubishi Fuso truck and dark blue Mazda sedan happened at the site of a fatal crash.

A cross with flowers sits near the now-broken barricade on the highway.

Christina Sorensen was travelling to Airlie Beach with her partner when they were stopped by the crash.

The 27-year-old doctor jumped out of her car to give assistance.

"The paramedics are doing a pretty good job," she said. "When you see a car crash, you try to help."

CQ Towing has arrived on the scene to remove the truck.

11.50AM: A truck has rolled and collided with a car on the Bruce Hwy near the Hut Creek bridge between Ambrose and Raglan, north-west of Gladstone.

Initial reports indicate a 50-year-old woman is trapped in her vehicle.

The truck reportedly hit a barrier before rolling.

The RACQ Capricorn Rescue Helicopter Service is on the way to the scene.

One man has been loaded into a road ambulance.

The highway is closed in both directions. Traffic from Gladstone is being diverted off the highway via Gentle Annie Rd at Mt Larcom.

Truck drivers at the scene say they're used to being stopped on the highway, and they're waiting to lend a hand to a fellow truckie if need be.

Topics:  accident crash racq capricorn helicopter rescue service



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