Utility hits house on highway, driver fights for life

One of the crash scenes.
One of the crash scenes. Craig Warhurst

THREE crashes in less than 12 hours kept Gympie's emergency services busy on Thursday night and Friday morning.

The first crash, on Thursday afternoon, happened when the driver of a red Ford Falcon lost control on Cootharaba Rd and ended up nose-first in the creek below Gympie State High School at the Willows. The occupants fled the scene.

The second was later Thursday night when a driver of a Holden Commodore sedan crashed into the Hair Techniques on Graham St.

The impact of the crash knocked out a support post holding up the awning.

The worst crash was early yesterday morning when a ute hit a house being transported on the back of a truck.

HOUSE CRASH: A police officer checks the scene of a crash on the Bruce Hwy where a car hit a truck.
HOUSE CRASH: A police officer checks the scene of a crash on the Bruce Hwy where a car hit a truck.

A 57-year-old Caboolture man was fighting for his life in Royal Brisbane Hospital last night after crashing into a wide load.

The crash happened just after 3am in foggy conditions on the Bruce Hwy near Harvey Siding.

The Caboolture man was driving a Move it Rentals tray back Mazda when he collided with a house being carried north on the highway by a Wright Brothers removalists truck.

The impact of the crash flattened the roof of the ute and pushed it back behind the driver's seat.

Wide Bay Forensic Crash Unit Sergeant Steve Webb said at the time of the crash the wide load was under escort by police and pilot vehicles.

"Everything was okay with the pilot vehicles, the police vehicles and the wide load itself," Sgt Webb said.

"The wide load was well lit and we have had a driver travelling south that has seemed to ignore police directions and has continued on at speed and ploughed into the side of the wide load."

When emergency services arrived on the scene, the driver was slumped toward the passenger side of the cabin but was conscious.

Sgt Webb said the driver sustained serious injuries and was transported to Gympie Hospital.

Later in the day he was flown to Royal Brisbane Hospital in a stable but critical condition.

Sgt Webb urged all drivers to obey police instructions while on the road.

"I urge everyone to take care on the highway.

"If police tell you to move over - move over. They're telling you for a reason."

RECOVERY MISSION: The hire ute involved in the crash before it was loaded onto the back of a tow truck.
RECOVERY MISSION: The hire ute involved in the crash before it was loaded onto the back of a tow truck. Craig Warhurst
Gympie Times

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