Removal of truck from crash scene to be a 'major operation'

Both Drivers were lucky to escape this accident without major injuries.
Both Drivers were lucky to escape this accident without major injuries. Justin Van Heerden

What we know:

  • Two people are in hospital after a two-vehicle crash
  • The crash occurred about 6.14am on the Bruce Hwy near Sandy Ck
  • Traffic is delayed due to the crash
  • Police are investigating the cause

UPDATE Noon: The truck involved in the accident is owned by a Brisbane based company.

June Steinhardt, the owner of the truck company, said the crash has had a major impact on her company's operations.  

"It affects my business in a big way today, the truck involved was meant to hook onto trailers and head to Melbourne," she said.  

"This is a massive inconvenience and affects a lot of people not just us as a company."  

Ms Steinhardt doesn't expect to be able to speak to her driver until he returns to Brisbane.  

The car involved in the accident south of Mackay has been removed from the scene.  

An estimated further three hours of delays are expected during the truck's removal.  

A spokesman from Claytons Towing stated the removal of a truck from the scene would be a major operation.

"It all depends on the situation, the truck would need to be unloaded," he said.

"We have to factor in how much space we can use on the road and the batteries and fuel tanks need to be checked.   

"Then once the truck is flipped upright we need to check it over to make sure it is safe and police might want to investigate further."  

The spokesman stated it wouldn't just be a matter of flipping over the truck loading it and driving off it would take hours.


Crash south of Mackay.
Crash south of Mackay. Troy Kippen

UPDATE 8am: The highway is 'down to one lane' a QPS spokesman said.

He said the crash occurred 13kms south of Mackay at Sandy Creek just past Chelona.

LISTEN: Police speak about crash at Sandy Ck


UPDATE: Lengthy delays are expected after crash on the Bruce Hwy south of Mackay at Sandy Ck about 6.14am.

A QAS spokeswoman said two patients were transported to Mackay Base Hospital in stable conditions.

She said one patient had no injuries second patient had abdominal and neck pain.


EARLIER: Emergency services are at the scene of a traffic crash on the Bruce Highway between Rockhampton and Mackay.

Reports indicate a B-double truck has landed on top of another vehicle in the crash.

It is believed to be at Bakers Creek, south of Mackay.

Crash on the Bruce Hwy south of Mackay.
Crash on the Bruce Hwy south of Mackay. Shakira Sellen

Reports indicate all persons involved are out of vehicles and are being treated by Queensland Ambulance Service officers.

Traffic delays are expected for hours.

Topics:  bakers creek bruce highway mackay qas truck crash

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