Fatal road crash on Mount Lindesay Highway

THE Mount Lindesay Highway has claimed yet another life after a multi-vehicle crash at Woodhill this morning.

Two trucks, a motorcycle and five cars were involved in the accident which had police and emergency vehicles scrambling to respond, with one male dying at the scene.

The accident occurred about 8am.

Emergency services freed a teenage boy and a woman in her 40s just after 9am after they were trapped inside one of the vehicles.

The pair, who were suffering from chest injuries, were ferried to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital in a stable condition.

Four other patients from the crash were taken in a stable condition to the PA and QEII hospitals with back, chest and neck injuries.

A woman in her 50s with arm and leg pain took herself to Beaudesert Hospital.

The highway was closed in both directions between Undullah Road and Mahoney Road and a diversion was in place as peak hour traffic backed up.

District duty officer Senior Sergeant Andrew Tracey said investigations were still underway about what caused the accident.

Sgt Tracey said it was an extensive accident scene.

The accident prompted residents to ramp up their campaign to have the highway upgraded, flooding Facebook with comments.

Samantha Grundy said the highway was the worst of local roads.

“How many people are to be injured and killed before changes happen on this road?’’ she said. “Yes, bad things happen everywhere but this road in particular is worse than any.’’

Monica Hambleton said that on average an accident of this type happened every week near her Woodhill property.

“Usually we have front row seats,’’ she said. “So over it. Action needs to be taken.’’

The fatality brings the number of deaths on the Mount Lindesay Highway since January to three.

It comes just weeks after a school zone speeding blitz detected more than 1685 drivers speeding in school hours on the highway at Jimboomba.

It prompted Jimboomba police station officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Peter Waugh to warn of the highway dangers.

“This is a school zone where not only our children and their parents are crossing the road but volunteers are standing out in front of motorists. It’s just not on.’’