Three dead in horror fuel tanker crash

THE Bruce Highway in North Queensland is expected to remain closed in both directions until at least midnight after a fuel tanker collided with two cars north of Bowen, killing three people.

The truck was loaded with diesel when it collided with at least one vehicle and rolled on top of another just north of the Collinsville turn-off, 4km north of Bowen, about 2.20pm on Tuesday.

Speaking to a reporters on the scene, police confirmed three people had been killed in the collision.


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All three of the deceased are believed to have been travelling in the cars, one of which was towing a campervan.

Their genders and ages are not yet known. Police say officers are still in the process notifying next of kin.

It’s understood the driver of the truck was managed to free himself from the wreckage. His condition is not known.

In a statement late this afternoon, police confirmed the Bruce Highway would remain closed until at least midnight while investigators examined the scene.

Firefighters are also in attendance, mopping up more than 10,000 litres of diesel which is said to have spilled from the overturned tanker.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the triple tragedy.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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