CRASH SITE: Emergency services crews at the scene of the collision near the intersection of Gordon and Macalister Sts.
CRASH SITE: Emergency services crews at the scene of the collision near the intersection of Gordon and Macalister Sts. Peter Holt

Man in motorised wheelchair dies after truck collision

A 60-YEAR-OLD man has died after being critically injured in a crash in Mackay.

The man had been taken to Mackay Base Hospital after his motorised wheelchair and a truck collided at the intersection of Gordon and Macalister Sts about 11.40am yesterday.

He died about 3pm.

The crash was the second in a 60kmh zone in 24 hours after a 59-year-old woman was seriously injured in Shakespeare St on Tuesday morning.

Visitors Jack and Malie Froling, from Frankston, Victoria, were walking west along Gordon St when the crash occurred.

They said the man in the wheelchair had just moved off the footpath in Macalister St and the truck was turning from Macalister St into Gordon St.

"We yelled out but it was too late," Mr Froling said.

They said the man was thrown from his wheelchair and landed on a traffic island, hitting his head.

Mr and Mrs Froling said the man also had an arm injury.

The truck driver was not hurt but was visibly shaken and upset.

Police, Queensland Ambulance Service and Fire and Emergency Service crews attended.

Police conducted traffic control around the site while the man was treated by ambulance.

Traffic was diverted around the site until about 4.30pm while the forensic crash unit carried out its investigations.

Police said investigations so far indicated the man in the motorised wheelchair had been turning left onto Gordon St.

The truck was a rubbish truck contracted to the Mackay Regional Council.

The council had no comment on the matter due to it being the subject of a police investigation.

Police said the forensic crash unit would continue to investigate.


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