A POMONA woman was killed instantly and debris left scattered for at least 50m along the Mary Valley Hwy on Tuesday afternoon after a B-double earth moving truck and a Hyundai SUV crashed just south of the Mary Valley Link Rd intersection.
Searing heat added to the drama as traffic was brought to a standstill in both directions on the highway and emergency services did everything they could for the 58-year-old driver of the Hyundai, who was declared dead at the scene.
The driver of the truck was taken by ambulance to Nambour Hospital suffering from shock and minor injuries, including a knee injury.
The crash is believed to have occurred about 1.45pm but the cause is unknown.
Emergency workers at the scene confirmed the woman was travelling alone at the time of the accident, as was the truck driver.
Traffic had to be diverted for some time after the crash closed the Mary Valley Hwy in both directions.
The B-Double is believed to have been travelling north when the accident occurred and the SUV was heading south.
Acting Inspector for Queenland Fire and Emergency Services for Gympie and Noosa, Kent Mayne, said a forensic crash investigation investigation unit was on the scene trying to determine the cause of the tragedy.
He said it was still too early to release details of the accident victim, and was unable to comment as to the cause of the accident.
He did urge drivers to remember the fatal five and to avoid driving when tired, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, while distracted or without a seat-belt or while speeding.