Police call for witnesses after horror highway crash
UPDATE: Police appealed for witnesses after a truck and car crashed at Oakey this morning.
About 12pm today, an AB triple prime mover truck was traveling east bound on the Warrego Highway Bypass when it has collided with a white sedan turning right onto Toowoomba Rd.
The driver of the sedan, a 78-year-old Kingsthorpe woman, died at the scene.
The 62-year-old driver of the prime mover did not receive any physical injuries.
Investigators from the Forensic Crash Unit are appealing for any witnesses who have yet to speak with police, or anyone who may have dash cam vision to please contact police.
3PM: A motorist died after their sedan was hit by a B-triple truck on the Warrego Highway.
The crash occurred about 12.15pm.
Initial reports suggest the driver of the sedan was entering the highway, at the Oakey turn-off, when they collided with the prime mover.
Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics were on scene within minutes of the crash but were unable to save the sedan driver.
A QAS spokesman said the truck driver was not physically injured but did require treatment for shock.
Road Policing Unit Acting-Sergeant Jason Burrows said it was tragedy to lose a life on the first weekend of relaxed COVID-19 travel restrictions.
"It is always sad when there is a crash that results in an injury or fatality," he said.
Forensic Crash Unit officers worked to determine a cause.
Sgt Burrows said both east and westbound traffic was blocked to give officers the space needed for their investigations.
Those lanes remain closed.
The incident was a reminder to show caution.
"We saw an increase in the volume of traffic on the road this weekend with the easing of the restrictions for COVID-19," Sgt Burrows said.
"Generally, motorists' behaviour has not been too bad but we are still seeing a lot of offences on the road."
The crash brings the Southern Region roll death toll to 21, which is six above this time last year.
Southern Region Assistant Commission Mike Condon said speed was a contributing factor in many of the fatalities.
"What is alarming is there was less people on the road (with COVID-19 restrictions in place)," Mr Condon said.
As those restrictions ease police will increased patrols along the Toowoomba road network and roll out more mobile speed traps.
1PM: A motorist died after a B-double truck and car crashed at the intersection of Toowoomba Rd and Warrego Highway.
A Queensland Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said no other patients, including the truck driver, were injured in the crash.
All lanes of traffic on the Warrego Highway and Toowoomba Rd are blocked.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
12.15PM: QUEENSLAND Ambulance Service paramedics are assessing several patients injured in a car and truck crash.
The collision occurred shortly after noon, at the intersection of Toowoomba Rd and the Warrego Highway, at Oakey.
More details to come.