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.
— Ben Downie (@Ben_Downie) August 21, 2018
Tragic news as police on scene confirm three people have died after a fuel tanker and cars collided on the Bruce Highway this afternoon. @daily_mercury https://t.co/KhI7A5dCNs pic.twitter.com/X0dIR00rEZ
— Cas Garvey (@casgarvey) August 21, 2018
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