The mangled wreck of a Camry remained on the Bruce Highway yesterday morning after a head-on crash with a Mazda hatch near Pioneer Road Black Mountain. The driver of the hatch, which ended up off the road, died in the smash.
The mangled wreck of a Camry remained on the Bruce Highway yesterday morning after a head-on crash with a Mazda hatch near Pioneer Road Black Mountain. The driver of the hatch, which ended up off the road, died in the smash. Geoff Potter

Man, 67, dies in head-on smash

A 67-YEAR-OLD Maroochydore man is dead after a high-speed head-on smash on the notorious section of the Bruce Highway near Pomona yesterday morning.

The Sunshine Coast man was killed after his north-bound green Mazda hatch collided with a south-bound rented silver Toyota Camry north of Pioneer Road at Black Mountain about 9.40am.

Two German tourists in the silver sedan were treated at the crash scene but did not require transportation to hospital.

A Department of Community Safety spokesperson said the tourists in the Camry were walking around with only minor injuries following the smash.

A B-double prime mover was not involved in the collision despite early reports, but the truck driver was a witness to the crash.

The Maroochydore man was the only occupant in the north-bound vehicle.

The Bruce Highway was re-opened about 12.30pm after being closed while the smash scene was cleared.

Debris from the smash had to be cleared along about 150 metres of the highway.

Sunshine Coast police district duty officer Senior Sergeant Sean McKay said the deceased man had been thrown from his vehicle.

Snr Sgt McKay said investigations into the cause of the crash were continuing.

He said witnesses have told police the dark coloured vehicle had hit a guard rail before colliding with the sedan.

The Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Curra is listed as the most dangerous section of roadway in Queensland.

The highway between Cooroy and Curra has officially claimed 25 lives between 2003 and 2007 and the toll has continued to rise since then.

This section of highway has claimed more lives in the last 10 years than any other section of roadway in Queensland.

Yesterday police appealed for drivers to make more care as the holiday season approached.

“Coming up to any holiday there is going to be a lot of policing and we urge people to take care on our roads,” Snr Sgt McKay said.

“We have a number of operations that are already underway and motorists can be assured that police will be very visible and very diligent in their efforts.”

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