No injuries from three-car crash

OCCUPANTS of three vehicles emerged unscathed yesterday from a crash on the Bruce Highway south of Gunalda.

The crash occurred about 9am and involved three southbound vehicles. Two of them, a beige Subaru Brumby and a white Commodore sedan, were badly damaged when they skidded off the roadway and spun into trees, some of which were small enough to slow them down before they hit anything more substantial. The third vehicle, a red Peugeot, appeared to suffer only minimal damage.

The Subaru driver said he attempted to overtake the Commodore but had been startled when the Peugeot simultaneously tried to overtake both of them.

A slight impact between the Peugeot and the Subaru caused little damage, but the Subaru and the Commodore appeared to have colided, before both vehicles became out of control, the driver said.

Ambulance and Queensland Fire and Rescue vehicles attended but were not required to perform any first aid or rescue work.

Tiaro police took statements from all three drivers.

The Subaru was a write-off as a result of the crash, but damage to the Commodore was hard to assess among the trees where it had stopped.

Meanwhile, just to the south, traffic was delayed for a a different reason. Major repairs were underway to the highway pavement, where flood damage and heavy traffic had combined to create a dangerously potholed, rough and bumpy surface.

A fleet of trucks loaded with road base and bitumen lined up to fill in excavations as the road was dug up and removed down to its foundation.

That stretch of highway has been frequently the subject of complaints from drivers about its dangerously rough surface and large potholes.

Although relatively lengthy delays were experienced in both directions at the roadworks, the project will be a welcome improvement.

It comes just after last week’s announcement of work to improve the Matilda intersection.

Gympie Times


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