A horror smash on the Bruce Highway at Maryborough on Monday.
A horror smash on the Bruce Highway at Maryborough on Monday.

Bruce Highway horror run continues

MORE people have died on the Bruce Highway in the past week than have died on ACT roads in the entire year after a seventh fatality was ­recorded on Monday.

Police said that a 46-year-old man died about 6am after the station wagon he was driving and a truck collided near an on-ramp at Maryborough West, 255km north of Brisbane.

It was one of two fatalities recorded on Queensland roads yesterday, pushing the road toll to 173, which was 18 more than at the same time last year.

The disturbing rise in the road toll has added a sense of urgency to the State ­Government's Road Safety Week, which was launched ­yesterday.

The Maryborough crash continued a week of carnage on the Bruce Highway - which is rated one of Australia's most dangerous roads - that has left six men and a woman dead in four separate incidents.

The first was a horror three-vehicle, triple fatality that happened about 4km north of Bowen last Tuesday.

Police said that it was understood Robert Carter, 34, was driving a ute and had overtaken some vehicles towing caravans before veering back on to the wrong side of the road and colliding with the front wheel of a fuel tanker.

The driver of the tanker lost control from the impact, causing the truck to hit a ­culvert and tip over, crushing the cabin of the car ­carrying two elderly interstate travellers.

The 38-year-old driver of the fuel tanker was not physically injured.

The next day, a flat-bed truck and station wagon ­collided about 70km north of Mackay.

A 35-year-old Mackay man was killed in another crash on the Bruce Highway last Wednesday.
A 35-year-old Mackay man was killed in another crash on the Bruce Highway last Wednesday.

 

The 35-year-old driver of the station wagon died and police said that it appeared one of the vehicles was ­travelling on the wrong side of the road.

Just after midnight on Sunday, two men were ­incinerated after a truck ­carrying sugar cane and a sedan collided and ignited on the highway at Feluga, north of Tully.

The male drivers were the sole occupants of each of the vehicles.

Transport Minister Mark Bailey said that the focus of Road Safety Week would highlight the issues facing motorists.

"A simple way to improve road safety and to reduce deaths and injury on our roads starts with following the road rules," he said.

"We can all make a ­difference by refreshing our road rules knowledge and making a pledge to improve just one driving or riding ­behaviour."