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Truck driver killed in fiery crash near Rockhampton

RECOVERY: Emergency crews are still tryign to recover the body of the truck driver.
RECOVERY: Emergency crews are still tryign to recover the body of the truck driver. Melanie Plane

UPDATE: 1.15pm: 

EMERGENCY CREWS are still trying to recover the body of a truck driver killed in a Bruce Hwy crash this morning.

One lane of the Bruce Hwy is still blocked off as emergency crews mop up and the Rockhampton Forensic Crash Unit investigate.

 

UPDATE: 10.54am:

THE FAMILY of a truck driver tragically killed overnight in a fiery Bruce Hwy horror crash on the Bruce Hwy has heard the news of his death moments ago.

Police informally identified the man, believed to be in his 60s, based on the truck.

Police believe the truck burst into flames after it collided with a concrete culvert on the Bruce Hwy at Marmor at about 3am.

But a Queensland Police Service spokesman said the formal identification process, which involves identifying the body, was made difficult due to injuries.

Firefighters rushed to the scene just after 3am to extinguish the blaze.

"The firies got out there and put it out, and then they discovered his body inside," the QPS spokesman said.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads are now on the scene assisting police with directing traffic.

It's understood at least one lane of the Bruce Hwy is open to traffic, but police have asked drivers to be aware of the changing traffic conditions.

Recovery crews, which include a number of cranes, are still trying to recover the truck, according to the QPS spokesman.

Rockhampton Forensic crash unit is investigating.

EARLIER: 

POLICE are still trying to identify a man who was tragically killed in a truck crash overnight.

A Queensland Police spokesman confirmed police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the Bruce Hwy at Marmor, near the intersection of Shields Rd, just after 3am.

The spokesman said the B-Double crashed into a culvert, caught on fire and was completely destroyed by the blaze.

He said tragically, the male driver of the truck was found deceased in the vehicle.

As at 8am, crash investigators remain at the scene and the Bruce Hwy has been reduced down to one lane.

Traffic control will be in place until a crane is brought in to remove the large vehicle from the road. The Bruce Hwy may be closed in both directions at this time.

Motorists are urged to drive to the conditions.

Topics:  bruce highway crash bruce hwy crash truck crash



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