VEHICLES following too closely caused a five-vehicle pile up on the Bruce Highway about five kilometres north of Apple Tree Creek yesterday.
A tool box that fell from a caravan forced a car towing another van to take evasive action.
A Tarago People Mover hit the rear of the caravan, and a Honda Civic cannoned into its rear end.
A Suzuki Grand Vitara managed to avoid colliding with the Honda, but a Kia Spectra then ran into the back end of it.
The Honda Civic sustained significant damage to its front end.
Some people suffered minor injuries in the accident.
Childers police officer in charge Sergeant Geoff Fay said the incident highlighted the value of maintaining a safe travelling distance.
“The higher the speed limit, the further the distance that should be kept from the car in front,” he said.
Sgt Fay said the owner of the tool box was probably unaware of the drama occurring behind the caravan.
“He'll probably be wondering where his tool box is when he pulls up,” he said.