Plea to act on Highway of horrors

AN AMMUNITIONS truck rolled over in the early hours of Thursday, causing a section of the Bruce Highway to be completely closed off for several hours.

The incident, which took place around 5.10am south of Raglan, resulted in significant delays for motorists.

Investigations are continuing as to how the driver lost control.

Glenn Churchill, chief executive of GADPL (Gladstone Area Promotion Development Ltd), said it was one in a stream of accidents occurring on the highway.

He posed the question as to what it would take for an action plan to be put in place.

“It is sad and disappointing that the Bruce Hwy is being tagged as the ‘Highway of Horror’,” Mr Churchill said.

“It is appalling that the back roads in Western Australia are in better quality than the Bruce Hwy, the nation’s major east coastal arterial.

“A question we ask over and over again is, where is the ‘Road to Recovery’ action plan to rectify the Highway of Horror?” he said.

The rollover was just one of the accidents occurring on Queensland roads, with two Bundaberg women suffering injuries in a second Bruce Hwy crash yesterday morning.

Rockhampton police said that a Holden Barina veered off the road 10km south of Marmor at 9.10am and that both women were transported to Rockhampton Hospital.

A fatality also occurred south-west of Rockhampton on Wednesday night when a man, 45, died in a horrific three-vehicle crash on the Capricorn Hwy at around 6.30pm. Police have identified the man but are yet to confirm where he is from.

“Our emergency services are highly trained and skilled and do a great job. None of them should have to go to work to face yet another (scene of) carnage,” he said.

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