Horror crash kills two on Bruce Highway
UPDATE: Two people are dead after a horrific crash on the Bruce Highway south of Townsville.
The fatal crash took place about 5km south of Gumlu on the highway between Bowen and Townsville about 8.30am today.
A Queensland Police Service spokesman said police were investigating the crash.
"Initial investigations indicate at about 8.30am, a car travelling north on the Bruce Highway has collided with a truck in the south bound lane," the spokesman said.
"The two occupants of the car and their pet dog died as a result of the crash.
"The driver of the truck received minor injuries only.
"The Bruce Highway has been reduced to one lane while emergency services respond."
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said a man and woman, both in their 60s, were deceased at the scene.
Three other patients were to be transported from the scene.
One patient had an ankle injury and minor cuts. The other two patients had spinal injuries and were to be transported to Ayr Hospital.
A police spokesman said the crash was "quite serious".
He said the car caught fire following the crash.
EARLIER: Emergency crews have responded to a serious crash on the Bruce Highway south of Townsville.
A removalist truck and car collided about 5km south of Gumlu on the highway between Bowen and Townsville.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said people were entrapped in the wreckage of the crash.
It's understood the vehicles collided head-on.
A Queensland Police Service spokesman said the southbound lane of the Bruce Highway was closed. Diversions were also in place.
A spokesman for the Queensland Ambulance Service said five people were involved in the crash and three people were being assessed.
The incident took place about 8.30am today.
Police, firefighters and paramedics are heading to the scene of the crash.