Truck drivers face collision and fire in two states


Truck drivers escaped death in tragic and dangerous situations on Queensland and Victorian roads at the weekend. Five people died in a truck crash on the Bruce Highway in southern Queensland and a B-double driver escaped injuries after his fuel tanker caught fire on the Goulburn Valley Highway in Victoria.

October 1, 2012

Two truck drivers escaped with their lives after
tragic and dangerous situations on Queensland and Victorian roads at the weekend.

Five people died in a truck crash on the Bruce Highway in southern Queensland on Sunday.

Police identified two men and three women, all middle-aged, who had been travelling in a Toyota Prado before crashing head-on into a B-double eight kilometres north of Howard at Nulla Flat Creek around 3.45pm.

The truck driver was taken to the Harvey Bay Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the cause of the crash.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Meanwhile, a B-double driver escaped injuries after his fuel tanker caught fire on the Goulburn Valley Highway in Victoria.

He was carrying unleaded and diesel fuels when he struck a kangaroo around 5.20am, five kilometres south of Nagambie.

The man, aged in his 60s, managed to move the tanker of the highway and escape without injury before the truck became fully engulfed.

The highway between the Hume Freeway north of Seymour and Nagambie was closed for several of hours as police and Country Fire Authority (CFA) cleared the scene.

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