Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Highway a A[euro][approximately]goat tracka[euro][TM]; Amboa[euro][TM]s Plea to Fix Bruce Hwy

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Highway a A[euro][approximately]goat tracka[euro][TM]; Amboa[euro][TM]s Plea to Fix Bruce Hwy

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Shelley Strachan

REPORTER

shelley.strachan@gympietimes.com

GYMPIEaS top ambulance officer has slammed the Bruce Hwy north of Gympie as a goat track and called on all government levels to work together to fix it, following a devastating fatal accident at Glenwood on Sunday night.

In a horror weekend on the roads near Gympie, a semi-trailer was engulfed in flames after a head-on crash with a four-wheel-drive about 6.40pm near the Glenwood school.

The male driver of the four-wheel-drive was killed instantly and the 55-year-old truck driver was yesterday fighting for life in Royal Brisbane Hospital with burns to 15% of his face and body.

To the south, on Saturday, a 19-year-old motorcyclist from Pomona died of injuries he sustained in a mysterious crash with a 17-year-old rider at Federal.

The 19-year-old man had been riding his motorbike along Middle Creek Rd about 5.20pm when the other motorbike, travelling west, crossed to the incorrect side of the road and collided with his vehicle.

Queensland Police do not yet know what caused the 17-year-old rider to cross the road.

Both men were transported to the RBH, the elder in a critical condition. He died later in hospital.

Yesterday, officers from the forensic crash unit were still investigating how the Glenwood tragedy occurred, but officer-in-charge of the Gympie ambulance station Wayne Sachs said the highway north of Gympie had replaced Kybong and the highway south as Queenslandas fatality hotspot.

In fact, Mr Sachs said he believed Gympie to Maryborough would be even deadlier.

He said the Federal and State governments had done the right thing in upgrading the Bruce between Cooroy and Curra, even though that would not be completed for several years.

It was now time for the Gympie and Fraser Coast councils to join forces with their state MPs and campaign for the State and Federal governments to do something about the apatchy, bumpy, deadlya highway between Gympie and Maryborough. …

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