GYMPIE'S new Bruce Hwy death zone was cheated of two more victims yesterday when two cars and a truck became involved in a serious but not fatal crash about 1.15pm.
The now-notorious Six Mile section near the Gold Nugget service station has been the scene of a frightening number of crashes in recent years, including fatalities.
But yesterday, luck was with two people injured when the Hyundai Getz in which they were travelling ran into the back of a haulage truck.
The truck-and-dog-configuration vehicle was stopped in the southbound lane, turning right into the service station when a following vehicle almost hit it, taking evasive action at the last second.
That manoeuvre left the car behind it suddenly facing the reality of a truck stopped directly in its path.
"The driver and a male passenger were taken to hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries and a third occupant was unhurt," Senior Constable Odette Reid said at the scene yesterday. "I'd say that's a near-miss."
She said that the first of the two following cars could easily have been involved in a separate and potentially fatal crash, if not for a police crackdown on illegal parking in the left side of the southbound lane at that point.
Police have warned they are watching the highway intensely and are particularly enforcing the no-parking rules on the road shoulder.
If a vehicle had been parked there yesterday, the result might also have been fatal.
Other sections of the Bruce and other highways have continued to add to the region's heavy recent road toll.
Police recently concluded a special operation from Cooroy to Bundaberg, focussing on the Bruce Hwy and other nearby roads, conducting numerous random breath and drug tests.
Police said they were surprised at the number of positive drug-driving detections from a relatively small number of tests.