One dead, another injured in shocking highway smash
A TRUCK driver is dead and another seriously injured after a shocking highway smash north-west of Gympie, an emergency service spokesman said yesterday.
Police were at the scene most of the night and Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews were still cleaning up a significant spill of diesel fuel at the scene yesterday morning.
Police said it appeared two trucks collided about 8.30pm Tuesday, at the intersection of the Burnett Hwy and Murgon-Gayndah Rd, north of Goomeri.
"One truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene and the other has been transported to hospital by helicopter with unknown injuries," a police spokesman said.
Rescue and recovery operations were complicated by the involvement of 80 cattle, which were being transported on one of the trucks.
It is understood police, Gympie Regional Council officers and local property owners helped euthanise more than 50 of them.
THE Burnett Hwy was closed for most of the night and fire crews from Maryborough and Gympie were not able to leave the crash scene until about 7.40am.
A QFES spokesman said the cattle truck had rolled after impact with a second truck, carrying a caravan.
QFES had to cut the two drivers from the wreckage of their trucks, while other crew members began the long clean-up operation needed to make the intersection safe again.
"Five urban crews, mostly from Gympie and Maryborough were involved, along with police, Queensland Ambulance Service and helicopter rescuers."
A major clean-up of diesel fuel was needed to making the roadway safe, he said.
The Toowoomba RACQ CareFlight chopper was called to the scene, near Booubyjan, just before 9.30pm, a spokesman said.
A man in his 50s was treated on site by QAS officers and the RACQ CareFlight Rescue medical team.
He was airlifted to hospital in a stable condition with suspected chest and other injuries, the chopper rescue spokesman said.
The police Forensic Crash Unit was yesterday investigating the crash.