Bruce Hwy fatal crash

Five crash victims identified

UPDATE 7am:  Police have identified five people killed in a tragic two vehicle crash on the Bruce Highway near Howard on Sunday afternoon.

A 65-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman from Forrest Lake, a 74-year-old man and a 62-year-woman from Hervey Bay and another woman from Hervey Bay died when the vehicle they were travelling in collided head on with a truck near Nulla Flat Creek.

The driver of the truck sustained non-life threatening injuries.

At about 3:45pm on Sunday, a Toyota Prado collided with a semi-trailer about 10km north of Howard, just before roadworks near Nulla Flat Creek.

Officer in charge of Wide Bay Forensic Crash Unit Sergeant Steve Webb said police believed the 4WD was travelling southbound when it drifted into the path of the semi-trailer.

Sergeant Wayne Tincknell said at the scene the cause of the crash was still unknown.

"This crash will be the subject of a coronial report at this stage," he said.

The truck driver suffered lacerations and a head injury.

Police said the truck driver was suffering from shock and was taken to hospital with lacerations and a head injury.

The Bruce Highway was closed in both directions for several hours as emergency services worked to clear the wreckage.

Both Bundaberg and Fraser Coast emergency services were called to the crash.

Forensic crash investigations are continuing.

 

5:21pm: Five people have been killed in a crash involving a semitrailer and a four-wheel drive on the Bruce Hwy, halfway between Howard and Childers.

Police at the scene, on Sunday afternoon, confirmed the deceased were all travelling in the four-wheel drive and were believed to be from Brisbane.

It is understood the vehicles collided head-on at Pig Creek about 3.40pm.

The truck driver was taken to hospital in shock and suffering lacerations.

The highway is closed in both directions and is expected to be shut for more than three hours.

Police are asking motorists to seek alternative routes.


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