HORROR ON THE ROADS
TWO SEPARATE crashes on the Warrego Highway on Tuesday resulted in the road being closed and a community being shaken to its core.
The first crash, near Oakey, involved two cars and a truck, killing 17-year-old Rockhampton girl Olivia Harwood.
Olivia was travelling as a passenger when three vehicles crashed on the Warrego Highway at Oakey, at the intersection of Brimblecombe Rd, about 9.15am on Tuesday. She died at the scene.
Police say preliminary investigations indicate a semi-trailer travelling east along the highway collided with a utility, also travelling east.
“The force of the collision pushed the utility into the path of oncoming traffic, where it collided with a sedan,” a police media statement said.
“The 17-year-old girl, who was travelling as a passenger in the sedan, was pronounced deceased at the scene.”
Olivia’s parents, Allan, 48, and Beverley, 44, were flown to Brisbane hospitals to undergo medical treatment.
Just a few hours after that crash, another one west of Dalby stopped traffic for 30 minutes.
Two vehicles came together and blocked off the road.
Two people were transported to Dalby Hospital in a stable condition, with minor injuries.
A police spokesman at the scene said an accidental grass fire on the side of the highway was believed to have caused the crash.
The spokesman said the thick smoke and flames nearing the road may have contributed to the incident.
Dalby police’s Sergeant Matt Carmody said he urged drivers to take extra caution for the final days of the school holidays.
“Drivers please be aware of changing traffic conditions and be aware of the Fatal Five,” Sgt Carmody said.
FATALITY: One person has died after a truck and two cars crashed on the Warrego Highway at the intersection Brimblecombe Rd on Tuesday.
Two were taken to hospital after another crash on the Warrego Highway on Tuesday, this time at Macalister west of Dalby.