HIGHWAY TRAGEDY: Woman hit by truck dies in hospital

A woman was taken to hospital with serious head injuries after being hit by a truck.
A woman was taken to hospital with serious head injuries after being hit by a truck.

UPDATE Tuesday 7.30am: POLICE have confirmed the woman who was hit by a truck on the Bruce Hwy north of Gympie has died in hospital. 

The 27-year-old Emerald woman had been walking on the highway at Chatsworth when she was struck by a B-double just before 9.55pm in the northbound lanes.

She sustained multiple serious trauma injuries, including injuries to the head. 

Paramedics rushed the woman to Gympie Hospital before she was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a critical condition, but she died yesterday afternoon. 

Concerned well-wishers commented on the original news story after the incident on Sunday evening.

Kelly Parsons told her first-hand account of the scene.

"I unfortunately drove through this scene before police and ambulance arrived and I need to acknowledge the amazing efforts of those who had stopped and were directing traffic, giving aid to the lady etc, for if it weren't for their efforts things could have been so much worse," she said.

"I pray the lady pulls through and my heart goes out to the truck driver 100%.

"It was pouring rain through there last night and visibility was crappy at times.

"I know personally I was constantly on the look out for roos but never in a million years would have thought about watching out for humans... My thoughts are with all those involved, I hope you all receive any support needed to process this traumatic event."


MONDAY: A WOMAN is fighting for life after she was hit by a truck while walking on the Bruce Hwy north of Gympie late last night.

Police said the Emerald woman, in her late 20s, had been walking on the highway at Chatsworth before she was struck by the B-double just before 9.55pm in the northbound lanes.

The collision left the woman with life-threatening injuries, including head injuries.

She was taken to Gympie Hospital, then airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue said the woman suffered multiple trauma injuries and was transported in a critical condition.

The truck driver was treated for shock.

The Bruce Hwy was closed in both directions until after midnight, with police officers redirecting traffic along Fraser Rd, Corella Rd and Oak St.

Further south, two men have escaped with only minor injuries after their car crashed down an embankment in Redcliffe.

Initial reports suggested the men may have been seriously injured after smashing through a fence at a roundabout in Suttons Beach around 9.40pm, but paramedics said they sustained only minor injuries.

They were taken stable to Redcliffe Hospital.

- additional reporting from The Courier-Mail

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