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Call for witnesses to Hatton Vale fatal crash

HIGHWAY TRAGEDY: Hatton Vale woman Linda Elliott, 64, was killed instantly in Monday’s crash.
HIGHWAY TRAGEDY: Hatton Vale woman Linda Elliott, 64, was killed instantly in Monday’s crash. Contributed

POLICE are asking the public for assistance following a fatal traffic crash on the Warrego Hwy at Hatton Vale on Monday.

Sixty-four-year-old Hatton Vale woman Linda Elliott was killed instantly when a B-Double petrol tanker crashed into the back of her vehicle, slamming it into another B-Double petrol tanker in front of her.

Laidley Police Senior Sergeant Jim McDonald said Mrs Elliott had slowed down behind a B-Double tanker in road works on the highway and the B-Double Tanker behind her had failed to slow down in time.

Gatton Police Senior Sergeant Tom Missingham said mechanical inspections would be conducted on all the vehicles.

Mrs Elliott had been on her way to have some routine blood tests at the time and was the sole occupant of the car.

The accident occurred at 8am in the westbound lanes of the Warrego Hwy near Rusty's Oz Fuel service station, on a section of the highway which has been reduced to two lanes due to roadworks for several months.

The crash caused chaos in the peak hour highway traffic with vehicles backed up for kilometres in both directions.

A witness to the accident said the small, silver sedan was crushed between the two fuel tankers.

"The traffic was pulled up on the highway and the blue B-double was pulled up with the silver car behind it and the other B-double locked its brakes up and had no way of stopping," the witness said.

"And then the blue B-double, I don't think he even knew, and he drove up and pulled off the side of the road."

Early information from police had suggested the victim was a 33-year-old woman, however, this was updated by police on Tuesday.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to phone either Gatton or Laidley police on 5468 3266 or 5466 8000.

The drivers of both trucks received no physical injuries.

Forensic crash investigations are continuing.

Topics:  fatal, hatton vale, traffic crash, warrego highway


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