UPDATE at 5:30 PM | A PERSON has tragically died after being struck by a truck on the M1 at Pimpama.
It happened in the southbound lanes, near the on-ramp at Exit 49, about 4pm, police said.
It’s understood paramedics performed CPR on the person, but they could not be saved and died at the scene.
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The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are yet to be determined.
There are reports suggesting the person may have jumped out in front of traffic but this has not been confirmed.
A woman who drove past the scene told myGC she saw paramedics trying to resuscitate someone on the motorway.
“It looked like they couldn’t save them,” the woman said. “I saw a body wrapped in a white sheet and the paramedics putting the defibrillator and oxygen mask away.”
“… a middle aged lady was on the on-ramp speaking to police (and) police were talking to a truck driver.”
Another motorist said they saw the victim’s body covered up on the side of road.
“The body is right on the side of the road covered up (and) visible from both sides of the highway,” they said.
Police are urging motorists to avoid the area if they can, with lengthy delays being experienced for traffic trying to get both on and off the M1 in both directions.
Northbound traffic was backed up for at least 5km, all the way back to Dreamworld at the time of writing.
FIRST at 4:30 PM | EMERGENCY services are on the scene of a serious accident involving a pedestrian on the M1 on the Gold Coast.
It’s believed to have occurred in the southbound lanes at Pimpama, near the on-ramp at Exit 49.
A Queensland Police spokesperson said it appeared a pedestrian had been struck by a truck, although the exact circumstances surrounding the incident are not yet clear.
The person’s gender, age and condition is not known.
Queensland Ambulance have described the incident as “serious” and are warning of lengthy delays.
The incident is causing headaches for motorists trying to get onto the M1, while delays are also impacting the traffic passing the site in the northbound lanes.
Northbound traffic was backed up for 4km at 4:50 pm, while the northbound off-ramp at Exit 49 was jammed.
Police are urging motorists to avoid the area.
No further information was available at the time of writing.
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