Flowers mark the place where four people died on the Bruce Highway in 2008, just metres from yesterday’s crash between a Ford and a B-Double (pictured).
Flowers mark the place where four people died on the Bruce Highway in 2008, just metres from yesterday’s crash between a Ford and a B-Double (pictured). Renee Pilcher

Urgent upgrade needed for highway

A NOTORIOUS horror stretch of the Bruce Highway has left a Nambour woman fighting for her life. The collision occurred only a few metres from where a Gympie family and a Caloundra truck driver were killed two years ago.

The woman, 36, was yesterday airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital from the side of the Bruce Highway at Coles Creek.

Flowers lined the side of the road to mark the place where Corey Whitmore, Rachel Purdy and her unborn baby, and Caloundra truck driver Mark Hamilton died on September 4, 2008.

The toll of that crash still resonates in the lives of those they left behind, and the cost of yesterday’s crash will leave a lasting impression on the lives of those involved.

But the unmentioned costs, the RACQ says, will reach almost half a million dollars, from the cost of emergency services to counselling for those who experienced first hand the road trauma.

Yesterday’s crash scene resembled something out of a horror movie, that plays out all too often on the Bruce Highway.

Calls to bring forward plans to finish the Bruce Highway bypass – that would see four lanes and separate north and southbound traffic, in a bid to stop head-on crashes – have fallen on deaf ears with no plans for work to start on sections A, C and D of the upgrade in the near future.

The RACQ told The Gympie Times last week that one mistake shouldn’t cost someone their lives.

Gympie Times


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