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Soldiers to the rescue

The burnt-out wreck of one truck after the crash on the Bruce Highway near Bajool. A woman died in a B-double.
The burnt-out wreck of one truck after the crash on the Bruce Highway near Bajool. A woman died in a B-double. File

ACTS of bravery by four Australian soldiers near Rockhampton are not going unnoticed.

The soldiers will receive the national Group Bravery Citation after they put their lives on the line near Bajool in September, 2010, when two trucks collided and exploded.

The soldiers - Queensland's Lieutenant Brandon Coghill and Major Patrick Davison and New South Wales' Corporal Todd Barnes and Corporal Shawn Scott - saw two trucks collide.

One was an army semi-trailer and the other a B-double.

Both trucks burst into flames after the impact which spread debris over 100m.

The men stopped their vehicles and scrambled to help the occupants of the two trucks.

The driver of the B-double had been thrown clear of his vehicle while the occupants of the army truck were trapped.

After using a fire extinguisher on the fuel tank, the men pulled the two soldiers out of the cab, through the windscreen.

They then helped them to safety, clear of the burning trucks.

The 40-year-old man driving the B-double truck was flung from his vehicle upon impact. A woman passenger died in the crash.

Rockhampton Deputy Mayor Tony Williams is 100% supportive of the awards.

He said for the men to go above and beyond normal defence duties, especially in this region, warranted effective, public recognition.

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