FIVE people were taken to the Emerald Hospital on Wednesday afternoon following a four-vehicle crash on the Gregory Hwy.
The accident took place 12km north of Emerald and caused lengthy delays for motorists travelling in both directions as three tow trucks were needed to clear away the vehicles.
A 39-year-old man driving a Mitsubishi Triton with a trailer was the cause of the pile-up when he failed to stop for roadworks and rear-ended a stationary Great Wall utility, driven by a 48-year-old man.
The utility then veered into the path of an oncoming Nissan X-Trail, causing a head-on collision, while the Triton rear-ended another stationary vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee, causing it minor damage.
Acting officer-in-charge Sergeant Terry McCullough said it appeared the driver of the Triton was travelling at excessive speed.
The driver required assistance from the Queensland Ambulance Service to get out of his car, which was extensively damaged.
Sgt McCullough said the speed limit had been reduced down to 40kmh due to the roadworks and stressed there was plenty of signage to indicate the change of speed limits.
"This is a bit disturbing someone could be so oblivious when there is so much signage," he said.
"It is a lucky outcome... lucky no one was more seriously injured.
"Police encourage motorists to take extra care with roadworks. Please slow down and be vigilant."
Sgt McCullough said police were still investigating the cause of the accident and had yet to interview all the witnesses.