Dash cam will help police investigate fatal crash near Bowen


DASH cam footage is expected to help police with their investigation into a fatal crash that killed a Bowen woman in her 50s.

The crash between a B-double truck and a four-wheel drive occurred on the Bruce Hwy, 25km north of Proserpine, about 12.30pm yesterday.

Mackay district police Acting Inspector Steve O'Connell, who was on the scene yesterday, said early investigations revealed one vehicle had veered on to the wrong side of the road into the path of the other.

"Unfortunately, a lady in her 50s who was travelling alone in the vehicle has passed away at the scene," he said.

"All we know at this stage is, she is a resident of Bowen and appeared to be travelling back to Bowen from the Proserpine direction.

The scene of the crash on the Bruce Hwy near Bowen.
The scene of the crash on the Bruce Hwy near Bowen. Matthew Newton

"The forensic crash (officers) are here making their inquiries and the vehicles will be examined later on."

Acting Insp O'Connell said the truck wasn't carrying a load at the time of the crash.

"The vehicle is fitted with onboard dash cam and that is being reviewed," he said.

Both vehicles were expected to be towed from the scene, Act Insp O'Connell said.

Traffic came to a standstill in both directions shortly after the crash, as emergency services worked to investigate and then clear the scene.

The backed up traffic stretched about 1km along the highway, according to a witness. Act Insp O'Connell said traffic started to flow in both directions about 4pm.



ONE lane of the Bruce Highway has now reopened between Bowen and Proserpine after an earlier crash which has left one woman dead. 

At around 12.35 pm, a four-wheel-drive and a semi trailer collided on the Bruce Highway around 25kms north of Proserpine.

A woman in her 50s was the sole occupant of the four-wheel-drive was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police are investigating.


1:45 PM:

POLICE said the woman was aged in her mid-50s.

They said early investigations indicated one vehicle had veered onto the wrong side of the highway into the path of the other vehicle.



A FEMALE driver has been killed in a crash 30km south of Bowen.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the crash involved a petrol tanker and a car on the Bruce Highway at about 12.30pm.

The tanker driver was assessed at the scene of the crash but was not treated for any injuries.

A Police Media spokesman said the Bruce Highway is currently closed in both directions.

He said it is expected to reopen in the next couple of hours. 

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