Bajool accident: Truck driver caught in seven-car crash with military tanker on Bruce Highway reveals devastation of collision in Queensland
- Trucker remembers terrible accident
- Clash of seven cars including military tank
A trucker recalled the horrible times when he was involved in a huge highway accident involving a military tanker truck.
Michael Rowe was one of several people caught up in the explosive crash on the Bruce Highway in Bajool, Queensland, at 11:25am on Wednesday.
Six people were hospitalized and more than a dozen emergency vehicles were needed to battle the flames in the seven-car pileup involving a military tank on a semi-truck.
A section of road between Rockhampton and Gladstone was closed, causing significant delays for vehicles.
One lane of highway was opened at 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning in stop-and-go condition, nearly 24 hours after the catastrophic accident.
A seven-car crash involving a military tanker wreaked havoc on the Bruce Highway in Bajool, south of Rockhampton, on Wednesday morning.
Rowe, who survived the disastrous accident that blackened the multimillion-dollar military tank and destroyed several other vehicles, said he was lucky to be alive.
Rowe said he had been traveling from Narangba to Gracemere when he found himself “caught in the middle of heavy loads”.
“The drivers were telling people to give them space because they are so wide and all of a sudden they would just brake, everyone would brake hard, and it was just trucks and everything flying everywhere and smashing cars,” Rowe said. mail .
Rowe said he was caught “right in the middle of it all” but miraculously avoided being hit.
“I went out and called the ambulance right away and people were running everywhere, a bit crazy,” he said.
‘There were many explosions. I didn’t know, at first I thought it was tires just because of the fire, because there was a big fire and that tree caught fire.
Rowe said it was “amazing” that he managed to escape the incident without injury.
A military tanker truck on a semi-trailer was blackened during the catastrophic incident.
Big Brother winner Reggie Bird (right) was trapped in her car for 12 hours after the accident.
Former Big Brother winner Reggie Bird revealed Wednesday that she was trapped in her car for 12 hours after the accident.
“Oh man, what a mission,” the Big Brother season 3 winner said in a video posted on Facebook.
He announced at 9pm on Wednesday that he had finally reached a camp stop near Hervey Bay after being on the road for 12 hours.
“It was a long day,” he said in a post.
‘But we’re safe, we had a couple of close calls to ourselves.
I can’t stop thinking about today’s accident.
“My heart goes out to everyone involved.”
A section of the road between Rockhampton and Gladstone was closed on Wednesday, causing significant delays for vehicles.
On Thursday, one person was reported to be in stable condition in Rockhampton, while another was in stable condition in Gladstone.
The remaining people have reportedly been released from the hospital.
According to police, officers arrived at the scene to find three vehicles on fire and four others severely damaged, including a B-double truck, a semi-trailer (carrying the military tank), a flatbed truck with two trailers, three cars, and a 4WD towing a trailer.
It is understood that the tank would take part in the largest bilateral military training exercise between Australia and the United States, the tenth iteration of Exercise Talisman Sabre, which runs from July 22 to August 4.
Police will investigate whether another driver failed to yield the right-of-way to the large truck carrying the tank, which was driven by a civilian with the support of bodyguards.
Motorists are still advised to expect long delays in the area and postpone travel if possible.