Two people are killed in a horrific head-on collision between a car and a truck while another man continues to fight for life
- Two people died in a collision on the Bruce Highway in Queensland
- It is believed that a car was driving on the wrong side of the road at the time
- Residents said the truck tried to avoid the car by hitting the crash barrier
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In a horrifying head-on collision between a car and a truck, two people died and another fought for their lives.
The crash occurred at the O’Connell River Bridge on the Bruce Highway, seven hours southeast of Cairns, at 6 a.m. on Friday.
The two victims, believed to be traveling in a sedan, were pronounced dead on the spot after paramedics gained access to their injuries.
Two people died after a car and truck crashed on O’Connell River Bridge on Bruce Highway, seven hours southeast of Cairns (photo)
According to a Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson, a 43-year-old man in a stable condition was taken to Proserpine Hospital for precautions.
The NSW police said the injured man helped with their investigations.
Three fire and emergency teams are present and the highway remains closed.
Rob Willson owns O’Connell River Tourist Park at the end of the bridge and said he woke up early in the morning from the crash.
“They think the car went the wrong way,” he told Daily Mail Australia.
A local resident said he believed the car was driving under the wheels of the truck after driving on the wrong side of the road (image)
Mr. Wilson said he believed the truck was trying to get out of the way in the 100 miles and hour zone before the car drove under the truck.
Mr. Wilson said there have been a few near misses over the years, but since the double lines were installed to block overtaking, driver behavior had improved.
“It’s a good straight, there is no reason for anyone to have an accident there,” he said.
“I screamed and screamed about it for years (the double lines) because they would take over you too much.”
He said the bodies of the two victims were moved, but the highway is still full of emergency personnel.
The NSW police said the highway will remain closed for “some time” while the Forensic Crash Unit detectives process the scene.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or have dashcam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000
Three fire and emergency teams are present and the highway remains closed