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Bruce Highway crash driver: 'I'm sorry... I didn't mean it'

THE woman involved in a crash that shut down the Bruce Highway for hours on the weekend has given a tearful interview in which she denies being responsible for the crash chaos.

Tessa Roughsedge, 25, told Channel 9, she was sorry for her outburst, in which she was filmed abusing witnesses to the carnage while still in her Nissan Patrol.

"I'm sorry, that's it.

"Like I didn't mean it.''

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The tearful driver talks to Channel 9 about the crash chaos. Photo: Channel 9
The tearful driver talks to Channel 9 about the crash chaos. Photo: Channel 9



The 25-year-old was behind the wheel of a Nissan Patrol travelling northbound on the highway at Elimbah when it allegedly clipped a white Jeep, causing it to cross into oncoming sounthbound traffic just before midday on Sunday.

The male driver of the Jeep had to be cut out of his car and was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a critical condition.

The man sustained a skull fracture, and remained in a critical but stable condition yesterday.

The scene of the Bruce Highway crash. Photo: Channel 9
The scene of the Bruce Highway crash. Photo: Channel 9



The woman's car came to a stop in the middle of the highway's median strip but when witnesses stopped to help she became agitated and started yelling at them.

"Get the f***away … look at what you've f***ing done you idiot," she said to a man who approached her.

Another witness can be heard telling the man to "just leave her".

A woman involved in the crash screamed abuse at onlookers. Picture: Paul Dossetto/Facebook
A woman involved in the crash screamed abuse at onlookers. Picture: Paul Dossetto/Facebook



Several witnesses allegedly called police a short time before the crash to report seeing the woman's car allegedly "zigzagging" on the highway.

"She pulled over into the right hand shoulder and passed us at a great speed and from there on I witnessed her driving quite erratically for the next three or four minutes," witness Paul Dossmmerd said.



Ms Roughsedge told Nine she was 'merged' off the road while trying to overtake.

"I rolled into the ditch,'' the tearful 25-year-old said.

At the scene and again on Nine, she denied she had been on drugs at the time of the crash.

"I haven't. I got drug tested and everything.''

Nine reported the drug tests had not been finalised.



Ms Roughsedge said she too had suffered multiple injuries.

"My head is all mucked up.

"I've got a broken collarbone. I've got a broken rib at the back and my lung is punctured.'

Tessa Roughsedge speaks to Channel 9.
Tessa Roughsedge speaks to Channel 9.



But there was little sympathy for her on social media among the 4200 comments posted.

Investigators on Monday urged anyone with dashcam footage of the crash or of either car in the lead up to the incident contact police.

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