3 crashes in 5 hours

THE Bruce Highway has lived up to its notorious reputation after a string of accidents in the past week, all within a short distance of each other.

Bundaberg and Gin Gin police reported eight accidents on the stretch of highway north of Gin Gin since the Sunday before Christmas.

The hilly, twisted section of road known to locals as the “Big Dipper”, 10km north of the town, saw three crashes occur within 2km in less than five hours yesterday.

At 4.45am yesterday, a man received minor injuries when his vehicle rolled about 8km north of Gin Gin on the Bruce Highway.

Two kilometres down the road, and less than four hours later, a second vehicle also rolled on the highway.

Thirty minutes after that, at 9.20am, a woman suffered minor injuries in a two-car crash, 10km north of Gin Gin — at the exact spot of the second accident, police said.

GIN Gin resident Jan Scott works at a diner on the highway, and said she saw countless drivers breaking the rules of the road and the rules of common sense.

“The road isn’t good and you do need to pay 100% attention there, but it’s no excuse — it’s driver error,” Mrs Scott said.

After her son-in-law Ross Del-Carlo died in a crash on the Bruce Highway south of Torbanlea just more than a year ago, Mrs Scott said she was particularly aware of the need for caution when driving.

“You’ll get people who come into the diner who have driven from Cairns. They’ll grab a couple of cans of (energy drink) V and then keep going, it’s ridiculous,” she said.

Bundaberg Police traffic branch Senior Constable Bob Parker said drivers did not seem to be getting the message about road safety.

“We are still detecting plenty of speeding offences, particularly on the Bruce Highway,” Snr Const Parker said.

He said despite the increased traffic on the highway, drivers were not playing it safe.

“They are not just exceeding the speed limit by a little bit, they are exceeding it by a lot — we’ve caught people going more than 30kmh over the limit,” he said.

“With the wet, showery weather and the increase in traffic on the roads, drivers should be paying more attention than ever,” he said.

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