A grass fire on the Bruce Hwy has added to already extensive traffic delays.
A grass fire on the Bruce Hwy has added to already extensive traffic delays. Louise Richardson

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UPDATE 2.45PM: Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said today's delays on the Bruce Hwy were the worst he had seen.

Traffic congestion now stretches more than 20km southbound from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane, with delays in excess of 40 minutes.

Earlier today after two crashes and a grass fire, motorists were facing delays in excess of 70 minutes.

The worst affected areas include a 3.5km stretch just south of the Steve Irwin Way exit and a 2km section either side of Pumicestone Rd.

Mr Latchford, speaking about the school holiday period on the Sunshine Coast, said the delays were something "he'd never seen before".

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11.35AM: A grass fire on the Bruce Hwy has added to extensive delays with school holiday traffic and a serious crash already throwing the road into chaos. 

A fire is currently burning in a gully between the north and south-bound lanes, south of the Caloundra turn-off. 

Traffic is slowed around the area and drivers are advised to proceed with caution. 

A trip to Brisbane from the Sunshine Coast is currently estimated to take almost two-and-a-half hours, with more than 6km of congestion south of Beerburrum. 

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10.45AM: The Bruce Hwy has descended into a congested nightmare with a serious crash and school holiday traffic sparking long delays.

Queensland Ambulance Service crews are treating a man with multiple injuries after the vehicle he was driving rolled and crashed into trees at Caboolture about 9.10am.

He is expected to be transported to Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital in a stable condition.

The crash blocked one of the southbound lanes and triggered major traffic congestion.

Currently, there is more than 6km of congestion between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane causing a 65-minute delay.

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9.30AM: Motorists are being warned of long delays caused by a serious crash on the Bruce Hwy.

The crash involving a single vehicle that has rolled is located south of King John Bridge, Caboolture.

Emergency services warn the southbound lane is blocked and long delays are expected.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Queensland Ambulance Services crews are responding.

Congestion at the scene of a Bruce Hwy traffic crash.
Congestion at the scene of a Bruce Hwy traffic crash.

9.10AM: A crash on the Bruce Hwy this morning comes as emergency services issue a warning over an expected influx of school holiday traffic.

South East Queensland UHF Emergency Service Team reported the crash in the southbound lanes of the Bruce Hwy at Caboolture about 9am.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads traffic cameras show extensive congestion in the area.

The crash came moments after Queensland Ambulance Service urged motorists to take extra care today as holidaymakers returned home after the winter school holidays.

"A reminder to take extra care on the roads today, with an influx of traffic expected coinciding with the end of school holidays," QAS tweeted.

"Buckle up, stay aware, stay alert and stay safe."



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