One dead, highway shutdown as B-doubles collide

Section of the Bruce Highway shutdown after two B-doubles collide, killing one driver

By Brad Gardner | December 18, 2009

A section of the Bruce Highway north of Brisbane was shutdown after two B-doubles collided in the early hours of this morning, killing one driver.

The trucks were carrying produce south to Brisbane about 2.55am when the lead vehicle rolled over at Beerburrum.

The driver of the second B-double crashed into the stricken vehicle and died at the scene.

The southbound section of the highway was closed until after 11am Queensland time, while the driver of the lead B-double was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The forensic crash unit is investigating the incident, after multiple vehicles were brought in to lift the overturned truck from a ditch.

"To remove the vehicles they are using a single tow truck with the assistance of excavators," a police spokeswoman says.

Police declined to name the company involved in the accident.

Meanwhile, a man was killed in Sydney’s west after a cement truck hit him about 7.20am today.

NSW police officers are still investigating the incident, while Assistant Commissioner John Hartley urged motorists to drive carefully during the holiday season.

He says it is believed the incident occurred in wet weather.

"It’s extremely important motorists take extra care and drive to the conditions, especially on slippery roads and in poor visibility, allowing extra stopping distance," Hartley says.

"We can continue to warn people about the dangers of speeding, drink-driving and fatigue but until they stop and think about their actions and change their ways we will continue to see lives lost on the roads."

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