Traffic on the Bruce Highway was reduced to one lane after the first of yesterday’s crashes.
Traffic on the Bruce Highway was reduced to one lane after the first of yesterday’s crashes. Valerie Horton

Crash in wet, windy weather

CHRISTMAS carnage has hit the Fraser Coast with two crashes within a few hours of each other on the Bruce Highway yesterday.

As heavy rain lashed the region police were called to the scene of a single-vehicle crash just north of Tiaro about 1.30pm.

Three people, a 54-year-old male driver, a woman, 47, and a man, 19, were in a 4WD towing a caravan when it is believed to have jack-knifed.

Maryborough Traffic Branch Sergeant Tony McCarthy, who was at the scene of the accident diverting traffic, said the vehicle was heading north when the incident occurred.

The caravan was dislodged, he said, and the 4WD crashed into a muddy embankment.

The three people in the car were taken to Maryborough Hospital with minor injuries while the caravan was towed to Maryborough.

Tow truck driver Geoff Buchanan said the six-metre new caravan was destroyed.

Mr Buchanan would not speculate as to the cause of the crash but said the occupants of car told him there were dry conditions when the van started swaying.

He said when the car jack-knifed the van snapped the tow bar off the 4WD.

The driver and woman were released from hospital by 4pm and collected Christmas presents still in the van.

Just a couple of hours later five cars were involved in another accident just south of the Bauple turn-off.

Police could not say exactly how the second incident occurred although roads were wet.

There was also a small bob-cat, which appeared to have been towed, facing sideways across the south-bound lane of the highway.

The vehicles involved included a sports car, dual cab, ute and two 4WDs.

Tiaro Police could not be reached yesterday however Maryborough Police believe one of the people involved in the crash may have broken a leg.

Despite minor delays due to the crashes on the Bruce Highway yesterday the heavy rain was largely to blame.

Drivers came to a standstill a number of times with visibility so poor cars in front could not be seen.

Many drivers were forced to pull over and wait for the rain to ease.

The weather today is expected to be much the same with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting scattered showers and the chance of a thunderstorm.

The dreary weather is predicted to be the same tomorrow.

WHERE IT FELL

The Fraser Coast was home to Queensland’s highest recorded rainfall yesterday. In the 24 hours to 9am yesterday, 52mm of rain fell in Glenwood. But that was nothing compared to the 72mm that fell at Teddington Weir, just south of Maryborough, between 9am and 3pm yesterday.

24-HOUR RAINFALL TO 9AM YESTERDAY

Biggenden

6mm

Builyan

5mm

Childers South

5mm

Gayndah Airport

3mm

Glenwood

52mm

Goomboorian

2mm

Mt Perry

31mm

Tiaro Post Office

2mm

RAINFALL 9AM TO 3PM YESTERDAY

Teddington Weir

72mm



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