The crumpled remains of a B-double truck in which a Kingaroy man perished following a horror smash on the Bruce Hwy at Tinana Wednesday night.
The crumpled remains of a B-double truck in which a Kingaroy man perished following a horror smash on the Bruce Hwy at Tinana Wednesday night. Contributed

Firies busy with fatal crash

GYMPIE Fire and Rescue were called to assist their counterparts in Maryborough to remove a deceased truck driver from wreckage and clear a chemical spill from the road after two B-doubles collided around 10pm Wednesday.

It was believed a truck collided with another one that stopped on the Bruce Hwy's Central Rd overpass at Tinana.

A Gympie crew was called to attend the scene with their heavy rescue vehicle and firefighters spent most of the night removing the body and clearing the road of a chemical spill, from fertiliser containers, and crash debris.

The man, 55, from Hazeldean south of Kingaroy, died at the scene when his truck's cabin was crushed.

The driver of the other semi-trailer, understood to be stationary at the time of the crash, was uninjured.

Gympie Fire and Rescue Station Officer Rob Frey said the road was closed for about 14 hours as his crew worked most of the night to remove the chemical spill from the road.

Motorists were diverted through Maryborough until police opened both lanes at about midday yesterday.

The second truck was also carrying chemicals but its load had not been damaged.

The trucks were towed to Gympie yesterday and the Forensic Crash Unit was investigating.

Fraser Coast Chronicle reported that the stretch of highway near Tinana had been the site of several serious truck crashes in the past year.

Motorists were diverted off the highway for more than 10 hours when two trucks crashed and one rolled over at Tinana South in June this year and both drivers were taken to hospital.

A truck driver was also injured last December on the same stretch of road in a fatal car crash that closed the highway overnight.

The nearby Tinana overpass claimed two lives in June 2011 after a truck crashed off the side of the overpass.

Gympie Times


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