Elderly man dies after head-on collision with truck

 

An elderly man has died after his car collided head on with a truck on the Bruce Highway south of Cairns.

Initial investigations suggest the man, believed to be aged in his 90s, was driving north on the highway when he was involved in a minor collision with another northbound car.

A police spokeswoman said it was believed his SUV then travelled onto the wrong side of the road where it collided head-on with a Prime Mover.

The elderly man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck driver, a man aged in his 30s, was assessed by paramedics, while a witness was treated for shock.

The highway remains closed while investigations continue.

 

A man has died after a head-on crash on the Bruce Highway near Gordonvale. .
A man has died after a head-on crash on the Bruce Highway near Gordonvale. .

 

The fatality comes as the state marks Road Safety Week and Sen-Sgt Smith said the Forensic Crash Unit was investigating.

"They're making investigations as to how this happened and I'll be overviewing it as the officer in charge of the Road Policing Unit to identify what maybe we can do to prevent these sorts of accidents occurring in the future," he said.

"This is a three-vehicle traffic accident, there are injured parties, but unfortunately one elderly man has lost his life.

"It's very early days at the moment, so unfortunately I can't comment too extensively on how it happened as investigations continue.

"What I ask is if someone has seen the accident, if they have video footage, dashcam footage, please contact Crime Stoppers or Police Link and let us know what you have. This will all assist us in putting it together."

Police have warned the highway could be closed for up to eight hours.

Diversions have been put in place, northbound via Maitland, Mt Peter and Peterson Rds and southbound detours via Warner, Crossland and Maher Rds.

 

 

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EARLIER: The Bruce Highway has been closed after a serious head-on collision between a truck and car south of Cairns.

Emergency services have been called to the scene near the intersection of the highway and Maitland Rd just north of Gordonvale.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the male driver of the car was in a critical condition, while the truck driver, a man in his 30s, was being assessed.

He said a witness was also being treated for shock.

Motorists are urged to avoid the area and expect long delays.