Speed a factor in fatal New England Hwy crash, say police
UPDATE: Speed is believed to be a critical factor in a fatal traffic crash which left a 30-year-old man dead.
Police are investigating the two-vehicle crash on the New England Hwy at Missens Flat which killed a Brisbane man and left a 50-year-old Hervey Bay truck driver in shock and with minor injuries.
Early investigations suggest the sedan driven by the man had been headed north towards Toowoomba when it and an oncoming prime-mover truck and trailer collided about 6am today.
A large amount of debris from both vehicles littered the highway which Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Clifton Captain Peter McKenzie said indicated it had been a high-speed collision.
"It has been a very high speed crash by the looks of it here, and police are still investigating," he said.
"It's a very sad situation (and) it's not just the person who is deceased but all the family involved."
A firefighter on his way to work and an off-duty police officer are believed to have been the first at the scene.
The crash occurred in a signed 100kmh straight stretch of the highway.
Warwick police Inspector Brian Cannon said extensive investigations would be conducted.
"For this area, any death is one too many and the reality is with relation to the road toll, all of us need to really work hard to ensure we stay alive," Insp. Cannon said.
"It's just tragic that we have to deal with these issues so regularly, and every effort should be made by all of us to travel safely.
"We'll gather the evidence that is available to us and certainly at the end of it, we hope to be able to provide a definitive answer to the coroner as to the cause of this very tragic incident."
EARLIER, 8.30AM: Emergency services remain at the scene of a fatal crash in which one man has died.
The highway remains blocked after the high speed collision on the New England Hwy near the Gatton-Clifton Rd turnoff.
Clifton Queensland Fire and Emergency Services captain Peter McKenzie said early investigations suggested the crash had been at high speed between a semi-trailer and smaller sedan.
He said the tragedy was a reminder to all motorists to be mindful of the Fatal Five.
"We need to remember the Fatal Five, especially now coming in to Easter and at all times we need to be safe on the roads," Capt. McKenzie said.
"As you can see with the evidence here we clearly need to get the crash message across to everyone.
"It's a very sad situation. It's not just the person who is deceased but all the family involved.
"It's been a very high speed crash by the looks of it here, and police are still investigating."
7.30AM: A Clifton ambulance officer has described the scene of a fatal traffic crash at Headington Hill near Clifton this morning.
A man died after a small sedan and a large semi-trailer collided on the highway.
The male truck driver is being treated for minor injuries.
Officer-in-Charge Robert Wardrop said there was a tremendous amount of debris from the motorvehicle on the road.
He said the vehicle and the semi-trailer were both on the side of the road.
"There is an extremely big diesel spill, one of the large fuel tanks has been torn off the semi-trailer.
"The highway is closed and traffic is being diverted around via Gatton Clifton Rd.
"At this stage we're still on scene. Police are waiting for the traffic investigation squad."
6.43AM: A motorist died this morning after a crash between a truck and a car.
The incident took place on the New England Hwy near the Gatton Clifton Rd at about 6.20am.
The New England Hwy is blocked in both directions.
The driver of the car died and the truck driver is being treated for shock.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.