UPDATE 6PM: Mackay police say the Bruce Highway will be re-opened early this evening after today's fatal crash.

The incident, involving a semi-trailer and a utility, left a large amount of oil and diesel on the roadway.

One man, the driver of the utility, died at the scene.

The truck driver and his passenger escaped the crash with only minor injuries escaping the semi trailer before it was destroyed by fire.


2PM: A man has died following a collision between a truck and a utility near Koumala around 11.30 this morning.

He was believed to be the sole occupant of the utility.

A man and a woman from the truck received minor injuries.

The Bruce Highway remains closed and motorists travelling in the Mackay and Rockhampton areas can use the Sarina Marlborough Road as a traffic diversion.


12PM:  A semi-trailer involved in a collision with a utility near Koumala earlier today is believed to have ignited on impact.

However it is not believed to have been carrying any dangerous goods.

The Mackay police crash investigations unit is at the scene.


11AM: A major car and truck crash has occurred three kilometres north of Koumala on the Bruce Highway.

A Daily Mercury reporter is en route to the scene.

The highway is closed in both directions.

Koumala is approximately 58 kilometres south of Mackay.


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