A MAN has been killed in a shocking head-on crash on the Bruce Highway near Mackay.
Police said a 4WD and a ute came to grief at Balberra, 10km south of Mackay, around 5.50am on Sunday.
Sadly, the driver and sole occupant of one of the vehicles, a 53-year-old man from Marian, died at the scene.
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The 17-year-old boy behind the wheel of the second car was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision.
The highway was closed in both directions for several hours following the crash but has since been reopened.