AN ACCIDENT that claimed the lives of an elderly couple at a notorious Glasshouse Mountains intersection on Wednesday was a tragedy "waiting to happen".

The couple died when their Toyota Rav 4 collided with a B-double truck as they pulled out of Bowen Rd on to Steve Irwin Way.

The truck, which was travelling south, was seen to veer into the northbound lane, striking a second car and narrowly avoiding another before rolling on its side about 2pm.

A group of Glasshouse Mountains residents who witnessed the crash said the scene was too common.

"There's an overwhelming number of accidents here," a resident said.

Matilda Fruit Shed owner Michael Topfer, whose business sits on the corner of Steve Irwin Way and Bowen Rd, said he was surprised more people had not been killed at the notorious intersection.

"That's about four crashes in the last two months to have happened there," he said.

"We see about 10 in a year.

Scene of a double fatal crash along Steve Irwin Way, Glasshouse Mountains, involving three cars and a truck. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily
Scene of a double fatal crash along Steve Irwin Way, Glasshouse Mountains, involving three cars and a truck. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily Iain Curry

"They did lower the speed to 80kmh - it was 100.

"They really need to do something more about it."

But North Coast Traffic regional co-ordinator Steve Maney said the intersection could not be blamed for the deaths.

"Every time a tragedy like this occurs, people look for a reason other than driver behaviour," Inspector Maney said.

"We hear about dangerous roads all the time, but I do not know of a road that has killed someone.

"Until people change their attitudes towards driver behaviour and start taking responsibility for how they use a motor vehicle, then these tragic and unnecessary deaths will continue to occur."

Steve Irwin Way was blocked for several hours while emergency services cleared debris spread over 200m.

Paramedics pronounced the 85-year-old driver of the Rav 4 dead at the scene.

His 83-year-old female passenger, believed to be his wife, died before she could be airlifted to hospital by the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter.


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