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Collisions cause chaos

Emergency services carry the male driver of the truck wreck (background) to the RACQ Capricorn Rescue chopper.
Emergency services carry the male driver of the truck wreck (background) to the RACQ Capricorn Rescue chopper.

GUN shots rang out across the Capricorn Hwy just after 2pm when authorities began humanely destroying the cattle victims of the B-double rollover that blocked traffic for more than 12 hours on Friday.

Initial police investigations suggest the male driver, airlifted to the Rockhampton hospital by the RACQ Capricorn Rescue Service chopper when freed from the wreckage after three hours, and the female passenger, flung clear of the truck, were not wearing seatbelts. The driver suffered a fracture to the thigh and a possible arm fracture.

It was just the beginning of a hectic weekend for emergency services when, at 5am on Saturday, a Holden utility rolled near the eastern side of Blackwater Creek.

The sole male driver was taken to Blackwater Hospital for observation and treatment of injuries from the crash.

Two wheelie bins placed on the railway crossing on Ardurad Rd forced a coal train to slam on its emergency brakes about 11pm on Saturday.

The rail line was blocked for more than an hour after the collision. Police are awaiting CCTV footage from QR.

The RACQ Capricorn rescue chopper was sent to Duaringa about 10am on Sunday after a sewerage truck collided with a single-engine rail maintenance vehicle at the Wallaroo crossing 10km west of the town.

The 49-year-old female truck driver suffered spinal and neck injuries and the male train driver, 26, was airlifted to Rockhampton Hospital with spinal injuries after being cut free from the wreck.

Both are believed to be in a stable condition. All investigations are ongoing.


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