Fatality on Bruce Highway Torbanlea Truck & car smash with 50 yr old woman from Bundaberg

Truck heading South collides with car coming out of Gympe St.

A SIMPLE mistake meant Cheree Vowles never made it home to Bundy after a trip to Hervey Bay on Sunday afternoon.

Witnesses state she did not stop or slow down at the intersection.

She died instantly from massive head & body injuries it appears.

The collision happened 4:45pm 9th June 2018 .

When I heard the heavy noises of braking, collisions & roll overs I knew it would be serious & I was on the scene within 60 secs of the fatal intersection collision.

Passers by & myself were in attendance & covered the body until services arrived.

Services,police & fire crews are now on the scene & the jaws of life are being used to extract the body of the dead woman.

The truck driver is in shock but uninjured

Some pics below I took at the scene just minutes ago

The accident happened outside my front driveway at Torbanlea on the Bruce Highway

ABOVE > Woman’s body is still in the car prior to any services arriving

ABOVE > Woman’s body is still in the car prior to any services arriving

ABOVE > Woman’s body is still in the car prior to any services arriving

ABOVE > Woman’s body is still in the car prior to any services arriving

ABOVE > Woman’s body is still in the car prior to any services arriving

ABOVE > Woman’s body is still in the car prior to any services arriving

ABOVE> Out of control truck loses load of a red/white work ute

ABOVE> Skid tracks left by truck after smashing into the woman’s car

ABOVE & BELOW> Services at the fatal accident scene

Latest at 8pm.The big boys from Claytons are here to extract the large truck from its crashed location at Torbanlea Fraser Coast Qld   www.claytonstowing.com.au

Below 2 pics are from the local paper Fraser Coast Chronicle

Below more pics I took of the highway carnage. Henry Sapiecha

Grieving friends & relatives visit the death scene 16th June 2018 below

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Work begins on $7.1 million Bruce Hwy upgrade south of Torbanlea

Hervey Bay MP Keith Pitt and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss are part of the $7.1 million Bruce Hwy contract announcement image www.frasercoastcentral.com.au

AN UPGRADE worth $7.1 million to the Bruce Highway south of Torbanlea is about to begin, with SGQ awarded the contract to improve a 2.2 kilometre stretch of the highway.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said works along the stretch will include widening lanes, sealing road shoulders and adding a one-metre centre line.
“In combination, these measures will give motorists a much larger margin for error, making the highway safer. The Coalition Government is building a safer and more flood immune Bruce Highway through our record $6.7 billion investment in projects through our Infrastructure Investment Programme,” Mr Truss said.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the upgrade is located near the Wongi State Forest, south of Torbanlea.
“The project will also replace some of the culverts along the highway, making it less prone to flooding during our coastal storms,” Mr Pitt said.
“The Bruce Highway is the single most important piece of infrastructure in my electorate and whenever it’s closed it affects local businesses transporting their goods to market. Every dollar we invest in upgrading the highway is money in the pockets of local businesses and families.”
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said the works are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders thanked motorists in advance for their patience while these works are being carried out.
“While the road works will create some disruption for motorists during the construction stage, the local community and road users will be the ultimate beneficiaries of a safer and more efficient highway. As an added bonus, these works will deliver jobs for local workers at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever,” Mr Saunders said.
Motorists are being urged to observe all safety signage during the construction stage and to slow down and drive to conditions while travelling through the work sites.
The safety works are jointly funded, with the Australian Government providing $5.6 million and the Queensland Government $1.4 million.

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BUILDING A NEW BRIDGE ACROSS THE BURRUM RIVER NEAR BUXTON WOULD SAVE LIVES

A NEW BURRUM RIVER BRIDGE NEAR BUXTON IS ON THE CARDS SOME SAY

ACTIVISTS lobbying for the construction of a bridge across the Burrum River have renewed calls for it to be built to divert traffic away from the Bruce Hwy.

Lobbyists for the construction of a bridge across the Burrum River, just south of Buxton, have renewed calls for it to be built to divert traffic away from the Bruce Hwy.

Buxton Bridge Steering Committee spokesman Doug Walters said the bridge would permit traffic between Hervey Bay and Bundaberg to avoid the stretch of the Bruce between Maryborough and Childers.

“It is one of the worst black spots in Queensland at the moment,” Mr Walters said

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“If we build the bridge we will have an alternate route between Hervey Bay and Bundy that could take 80km off the round trip and about an hour’s travel.”

The RACQ has indicated that this alternative route could reduce traffic on the Bruce between Bundaberg and Howard by 20%.

Mr Walters said a recent petition circulated in Buxton had gathered universal support from the 300 residents who live in the town.

He conceded that funding was an obstacle as there would need to be about seven kilometres of road constructed as well as the bridge.

“But it is all flat country and advice I have been given is that the bridge itself would be low cost as it is at the narrowest part of the river where it is all rock. It would be easy to establish the footings at low tide.”
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Sourced from the local paper & published by Henry Sapiecha

TORBANLEA CRAIGNISH ROAD HAVING A MAKEOVER BY SGQ

MUCH NEEDED UPGRADE OF THE TORBANLEA TOOGOOM ROAD IS UNDER WAY AT LAST

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Resurfacing & restructuring of the road is long overdue but due to the lack of funds has been put off.

Now it is under way and we are so glad for it. Photos above tell the story.

Published by Henry Sapiecha

 

BURRUM RIVER BRIDGE TO GET A MAKEOVER BY RESEALING & REPAIRING SURFACE


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THE BURRUM BRIDGE UNDER FLOOD FROM THE LAST HEAVY DELUGE

Repairs to the Burrum River bridge are under way and will be closed for up to 6 weeks for the job as the deck is repaired and resealed. Bruce Highway route will be the alternative  whilst the works are being carried out.It is hoping the bridge will be open again for public use on the 3rd June 2012. Will keep you updated on progress

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