Truck driver injured in hwy crash

POLICE are once again calling for vigilance on the roads after a truck driver was airlifted to Brisbane following a two-vehicle crash on the Bruce Hwy on November 3.

A truck and a van collided just after midnight, shutting the highway until about 3.30am.

AGL Action Rescue Helicopter base manager John Kennedy said the male truck driver, aged in his 40s, had suffered significant facial injuries in the crash, about 42km north of Gin Gin.

The highway was again closed for about half an hour yesterday afternoon so the truck could be recovered.

Police launched Operation Check It, which will target the "Fatal Four" - driving tired, speeding, seatbelts and drink driving.

But Bundaberg Police Acting Superintendent Kev Guteridge said it was not just those infractions Bundaberg Police would focus on.

"They are targeting any life-endangering offence on the road and that includes mobile phones," he said.

"It's not a hard concept - there is no telephone call that is worth endangering your life for."

Supt Guteridge said at this stage the Bundaberg region's road toll was down compared to last year and he hoped it stayed that way.

So far in 2011, six people have been killed in four fatal crashes, compared with 10 people killed in nine fatal crashes at the same time last year.

Supt Guteridge said police would be out in force in an effort to slow drivers down.

"People will continue to see a higher numbers of police patrolling," he said.

"There will also be an increase in the number of covert activities and unmarked cars."

Queensland Police State Traffic Support Branch acting Chief Superintendent Andy Morrow said Operation Check It would also monitor inexperienced drivers.

"Many young men and women who are new to driving take advantage of the warm weather to take road trips," he said.

"The QPS would like them to be aware of the risks of driving over long distances, as they may not be used to this practice."



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