This two-car accident 10km south of Maryborough held up traffic on the Bruce Highway for two hours.
This two-car accident 10km south of Maryborough held up traffic on the Bruce Highway for two hours. Jocelyn Watt

Man trapped after highway head-on

A 40-YEAR-OLD man, trapped in the wreckage of his black ute, suffered a lower abdominal injury when his car collided head-on with a 4WD on the Bruce Highway at Owanyilla, south of Maryborough, at 11.10am yesterday.

The 51-year-old female driver of the 4WD escaped injury however her passenger, a 35-year-old man, was treated for an arm injury and transported to Hervey Bay Hospital.

Traffic was diverted along side roads while the Bruce Highway was closed for several hours about 10km south of Maryborough.

The three people were not local and their injuries are non-life threatening.

A Queensland Fire Service service spokesman said fire fighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to free the trapped 40-year-old man.

Yesterday's smash followed a fatal highway collision 13 days ago at Glenwood which took the life of a 20-year-old Hervey Bay woman.

Police yesterday urged motorists to drive with caution on the region's wet roads following recent heavy rainfalls and a spate of traffic crashes on the Fraser Coast.

A pedestrian suffered a head injury after being hit by a car on the corner of Lennox and Kent streets in Maryborough at 1.30pm yesterday.

Paramedics treated and transported the man, aged in his 40s, to Hervey Bay Hospital in a stable condition.

Police are appealing for motorists to slow down and drive in a manner suitable for the current wet weather conditions. Motorists need to adapt their driving to suit the wet and slippery roads.

Police are also advising the community to avoid flooded roads, creeks and watercourses and members of the public are reminded that road conditions and road closures can change rapidly as creeks and water courses can rise and fall quickly.

Police would like to remind motorists and members of the public of the hazardous and unpredictable nature of flood waters and the dangers associated with storm debris and road washouts.

Roads experiencing large volumes of surface water combined with adverse weather conditions can make travel hazardous and police are urging everyone to take extra care during this school holiday period.

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