B-doubles regain Bruce Highway access

Restriction on B-double trucks travelling on the Bruce Highway in Queensland has been lifted

August 6, 2010

B-double trucks travelling the Bruce Highway in North Queensland have regained access to a route that was shut off when a truck rolled today.

A heavy vehicle carrying groceries spilled its load on the highway 40km north of Gin Gin about 2am, closing the route until after 6am.

The driver was uninjured.

Police initially reopened one lane of the highway to all traffic except for B-doubles.

"Police would like to advise the Bruce Highway is again open to all traffic," a statement from police says.

A haulage truck was brought in about 7am to remove the stricken vehicle and allow clean-up crews to remove the mess from the road.

The road was expected to be closed for at least six hours following the accident, but police have warned motorists to expect congestion and delays.

Meanwhile, a 46-year-old man is in a critical condition after his utility collided with a truck on the highway in North Queensland after midday yesterday.

Both vehicles were travelling in opposite directions. The 74-year-old truck driver suffered minor injuries.

The highway was closed until 6pm. Police investigations are continuing.

Police were forced to close the highway between Rockhampton and Calliope near Raglan for most of yesterday after a B-double rolled over about 4am.

The road did not reopen until 4pm.

"The road was closed while recovery, clean up and repairs were conducted…Traffic is flowing freely again," a police statement says.

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