Spate of crashes claims five

A spate of crashes involving trucks has seen five people die recently.
A spate of crashes involving trucks has seen five people die recently. Chris Ison

2PM UPDATE:  AFTER being hit by a train at Banyo a truck driver has lost his leg.

The Courier Mail has reported diversions and traffic closures will remain in place until after peak hour this afternoon.

St Vincent's and Tufnell roads are open, but there is no access to the level crossing.


10AM: The driver of a truck that collided with train at Banyo was believed to be out of the truck at the time of the crash.

Witnesses have told the Courier Mail that he had left the cab and was under the vehicle repairing the truck as it had broken down on the tracks.

Police have confirmed the driver and truck was hit by a northbound train and boom gates came down on the truck.

Other reports say the driver was not alone at the time, but there is no word of the other person.

The 45-year-old driver was towing a 38-tonne transformer at the time.

He was taken to hospital.

The truck was only hit by the northbound train, the Courier Mail reported the trailer was ripped from the cab on impact but did not make contact with a second train.

Passengers ran from the trains and it is believed it honked loudly at the truck before the crash.

The train will not be moved until around noon and all Shorncliffe trains have been suspended.


Five dead in recent days

A SPATE of crashes involving trucks over the past couple of days have seen five people die and left three injured.

Early this morning a truck driver was injured when his rig and a transformer he was towing was stuck on train lines at Banyo in Queensland's South East.

Just after 6.30am at the St Vincent's road level crossing a passenger train collided with a truck shortly after a second train struck the oversize load.

The truck driver has been taken to hospital with serious leg injuries and is believed to be in a critical condition.

No passengers were injured.

About 2am two people were killed in a head on traffic crash north of Rockhampton in Queensland.

Police are investigating the crash and initial reports indicate a ute and semi-trailer collided on the Bruce Hwy at Yaamba.

Two occupants of the ute were pronounced deceased at the scene, however, their bodies are yet to be identified.

The Bruce Hwy remained closed at 9am at the location while the Forensic Crash Unit continued to investigate.

Diversions for motorists remained in place via Flood Road.

Meanwhile at Dumaresq Island in New South Wales police are preparing a report for the coroner after a 67-year-old-man was killed in a head on collision with  a truck.

About 12:35am, police and emergency services were called to the Henry Hawk Eye Bridge on the Pacific Hwy near Taree following reports of a crash.

It is believed a Holden Astra was travelling south in the northbound lanes of the divided highway when it was involved in the collision.

The driver was trapped inside his vehicle and died at the scene.

While the driver of the truck was not injured he was taken to Manning Base Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.

Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the crash are continuing.

Overnight a truck driver was killed on the Hume Freeway in Victoria when his B-Double fuel tanker jackknifed and rolled onto its side.

The highway was closed following the crash about 11pm (Thursday) and a major fuel spill near Violet Town.

Reports say the driver was in the north-bound lanes travelling between Seymour and Benalla when it jackknifed and rolled.

3AW radio reports a female driver of a car crashed into the tanker, but was able to escape just  before a second B-Double truck crashed into the wreckage.

Both of those drivers were not injured.

Emergency services were concerned with a 40,000 litre fuel leak and do not expect the highway to reopen today.

And a man died on Thursday after a two vehicle crash on the Bruce Hwy near Mackay in Queensland.

Initial investigations indicate the 43-year-old Mackay man was driving a ute and collided head on with a truck about three kilometres north of Koumala about 11.30am.

He was the sole occupant of the ute and died at the scene.

A man and a woman from the truck received minor injuries and the Bruce Hwy was reopened at around 7.30pm.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

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Topics:  fatal truck crash

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