Bruce Highway closed in both directions near Mackay

Bruce Highway in north Queensland closed in both directions after fatal crash

August 10, 2012

Four people have died and a section of the Bruce Highway in north Queensland has been closed after a collision early today.

Queensland Police says early information suggests a vehicle and a truck collided about 10km north of Calen, near Mackay.

Four people died at the scene, while a fifth person has been taken to hospital with critical injuries.

Police have closed the highway in both directions and it is expected to remain closed "for several hours".

"No alternative route to avoid the section of road is available. Police have set up roadblocks at Calen and at Bloomsbury to the north to stop traffic," a statement from Queensland Police says.

"Drivers are being advised they can wait at these locations or return to either Mackay or Proserpine where more services and amenities are available."

Motorists are being asked to avoid the area if possible, and Queensland Police says more information will be provided as it comes to hand.

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