Burn-off leads to pile-up

THICK smoke from a controlled burn-off caused a six-car pile-up that injured eight people at Rosedale yesterday.

The cars ploughed into each other nose-to-tail about noon, as smoke drifted across Lowmead Road, 4km south of Tablelands Road.

One vehicle caught fire after the crash and was destroyed.

A doctor arrived on the scene quickly and assessed the injuries, discovering eight people had suffered minor injuries including neck and upper body injuries.

Emergency services attended from Gladstone and Bundaberg, including three ambulances, police and a rescue chopper.

AGL Action Rescue helicopter air crewman Brent Malden said most of the people escaped with just cuts and bruises.

“Everyone was walking; there was a mix of minor injuries,” Mr Malden said.

However, they airlifted a 37-year-old woman to Bundaberg Hospital with suspected neck injuries.

Mr Malden said the woman's young son was also taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

“He was in a car seat, so he was just taken for a check-up,” he said.

Another person was taken by road to Gladstone Hospital as a precaution with possible spinal injuries.

The road was closed to traffic for several hours and re-opened about 3.30pm.

All vehicles were towed from the scene.

Paramedics were also called to a truck rollover in the Lowmead area just after midnight yesterday morning.

Two patients with non-life threatening injuries were taken to Gladstone Hospital after the incident, on the corner of the Bruce Highway and Granite Creek Road.

The B-Double was carrying peas and corn, which spilled across the road and blocked traffic for several hours.

One fire crew remains on scene working to make the area safe.



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