Bruce Highway closed after trucks collide

<font color=red><b>UPDATE</b></font>: Sections of the Bruce Highway closed until further notice after multiple collisions

January 16, 2012

Sections of the Bruce Highway in North Queensland have been closed until further notice after multiple collisions involving trucks.

The highway north of Mount Larcom, about 30 minutes west of Gladstone, was closed after two trucks collided about 8:45am near a service station.

Only 30 minutes later, a car collided with a fuel tanker about 2km north of the incident.

The driver of the car died at the scene, while the truck driver was airlifted to hospital suffering burns.

An exclusion zone has been established at the crash site involving the fuel tanker, with police imposing traffic diversions.

"The highway will remain closed until further notice," Queensland Police says in a statement.

The section of highway involving the two trucks has been closed in both directions until further notice. A clean-up crew has been brought in after the vehicles blocked both lanes.

"The highway will remain closed as clean-up operations are undertaken. It is unknown how long the road will be closed," Queensland Police says.

"The drivers are reported not to have been injured. No other vehicles were involved in the crash."

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