Emergency services staff work to free the trapped occupant of one of the cars involved in a five-vehicle traffic accident, while firefighters extinguish the blaze on an overturned semi-trailer which burst into flames after crashing near the Isis River Bridge.
Emergency services staff work to free the trapped occupant of one of the cars involved in a five-vehicle traffic accident, while firefighters extinguish the blaze on an overturned semi-trailer which burst into flames after crashing near the Isis River Bridge. GARY HUTCHISON

First priority free trapped woman

A FIERY pile-up involving a B-double truck and four cars on the Bruce Highway south of Childers yesterday morning sparked a grassfire and closed the highway for hours but, miraculously, did not claim any lives.

The driver of the truck jumped from his rig only seconds before it caught alight following the crash near the Isis Bridge.

Emergency crews said the occupants of the vehicles had been extremely lucky to survive, with the only serious injuries those of a 29-year old woman airlifted to Bundaberg Hospital with multiple head and chest injuries and possible multiple fractures, none of them life-threatening.

The woman was trapped in her car following the crash, about 11.30am. She was freed by emergency crews soon afterwards.

Police will investigate the circumstances of the crash, with a north-bound car driven by an 80-year-old man and the south-bound B-double, driven by a 40-year-old man, the first vehicles involved.

The B-double then collided with the car driven by the 29-year-old woman, the next vehicle in line behind the car driven by the elderly man.

The truck fire quickly spread to nearby bushland in the dry conditions with the resulting fire brought under control about 1.40pm, as the highway was re-opened.

Childers fire captain Col Santacaterina said the trapped woman was of top priority when fire crews arrived on the scene soon after the accident.

They then shifted their focus to putting the spreading blaze out.

“We split our resources after (the trapped woman was freed),” he said.

Fire crews were again called out last night as the blaze flared up.



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