Man dies in Marlborough crash


By Matthew Pearce

A man has died after a two vehicle crash 20km north of Marlborough left his truck ablaze on Tuesday, 21 June.

Police said a truck travelling northbound on the Bruce Highway and a dual cab utility travelling south collided on the Church Hill Creek Bridge at about 4.30am.

The male driver of the truck suffered critical injuries and died at the scene.

The occupants of the other vehicle, a 24-year-old man and 39-year-old woman, were transported to Rockhampton Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said 10 crews attended the scene throughout the course of the day, with the first crew arriving at about 5.20am, where they witnessed a B-double truck on fire and lying on its side in the grass.

A council water tanker was needed to control the blaze, which was extinguished before 7.30am, although smoke was still observed later in the day.

The burnt-out truck was removed later that afternoon, although crews remained on fire watch and were still putting out hotspots until they left the scene after 7pm that night.

A large area of the road was impacted by the crash, with Department of Transport and Main Roads equipment needed for clean-up.

The Bruce Highway was closed in both directions at Marlborough, with one lane reopening in the afternoon.

The Police Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the incident.

Anyone with information or relevant dashcam footage is urged to contact police.