Police suspect driver fatigue to blame for truck smash

A two-truck crash blocks the westbound lanes on the Warrego Highway near North Ipswich. Photo by Penny Dahl/Brisbane Times.
A two-truck crash blocks the westbound lanes on the Warrego Highway near North Ipswich. Photo by Penny Dahl/Brisbane Times.

LATEST: Police have suggested that driver fatigue may have been involved when a truck crossed onto the incorrect side of the Warrego Highway at North Ipswich on Wednesday, before slamming into another on-coming truck.

In spite of massive damage that resulted in one of the trucks' cabins being torn from the chassis, both drivers were treated for relatively minor injuries.

The crash was reported about 5.20am and completely blocked the west-bound lanes for several hours, causing headaches for morning commuters not just on the highway, but on adjoining roads.

Police created diversions via Francis St and Holdsworth Rd to allow Toowoomba-bound motorists to continue west on the highway after the crash site.

Traffic was also chaotic around Mt Crosby Rd, as motorists tried to bypass the heavy traffic on the highway.

The highway was not fully opened until about 9.45am.


UPDATE 10AM: The west-bound lanes of the Warrego Highway have been reopened, following a serious head-on collision between two trucks at North Ipswich.

One of the trucks had its cabin ripped off, after one of the heavy vehicles crossed onto the wrong side of the highway, about 5.20am.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.


EARLIER: TWO drivers have escaped serious injury in a two-truck crash on the Warrego Highway early this morning.

Westbound lanes of the highway passing through North Ipswich remain closed as emergency services work to clean up the wreckage.

Initial reports suggested the truck travelling east veered across lanes and hit the truck heading west head-on about 5.20am.

Just after 7am, a police spokeswoman said a crash involving several cars, apparently caused by eastbound drivers looking at the damage, had cleared.

The highway remained closed westbound between Francis St and Waterworks Rd with diversions in place.

Motorists heading to Ipswich were experiencing serious delays on the approach to the crash site and on the detour along Holdsworth Rd.

Both truck drivers were taken to Ipswich Hospital in a stable condition.

Read more at the Brisbane Times.  

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