Bruce Hwy has reopened after fatal early morning crash
UPDATE: The Bruce Hwy has reopened after a crash claimed the lives of an elderly Fraser Coast couple about 10km south of Maryborough on Wednesday morning.
The highway reopened about 2.45pm after being closed since the crash about 7.15am, involving a semitrailer and two vehicles.
Maryborough Senior Constable Glenn Rusten said a white station wagon had been waiting to turn into Old Gympie Rd when it was hit from behind by a white ute.
The station wagon was then hit by an oncoming semitrailer.
"Unfortunately the two occupants of the lead vehicle have died at the scene," he said.
"We are now investigating as to the causes and actions of the vehicles through the crash sequence."
Snr Const Rusten said the names of the couple who had been killed had not yet been released.
He said police would map the crash site to recreate exactly what had happened and test the brake lights and indicators of the station wagon.
EARLIER UPDATE: A truck driver who witnessed the fatal crash on the Bruce Hwy on Wednesday morning has told of how he was forced off the road to avoid the wreckage.
He said he saw a white station wagon, stopped on the highway to turn right, hit from behind by a ute.
The truck driver said the station wagon veered into the path of a northbound semitrailer.
He said he had to pull off the road to avoid the crash.
The truck driver checked on the semitrailer driver involved in the crash and then went to check on the other vehicles and saw the two occupants of the station wagon were dead.
He said the driver of the ute was shaken.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Maryborough station officer Shane Charman said an elderly couple had died on impact in the crash.
He said it was the first fatality in the Fraser Coast region during the school holidays and hopefully the last.
EARLIER UPDATE: Two people are dead after a crash involving a semitrailer and two vehicles on the Bruce Hwy south of Maryborough.
A police media spokewoman confirmed there were two fatalities at this stage.
Police said the two people were pronounced deceased at the scene and it was believed the truck driver hadn't sustained any physical injuries.
The Bruce Hwy remains closed in both directions and substantial delays are expected in the area.
Traffic is being diverted onto the Old Bruce Hwy.
Police said the forensic crash unit was investigating.
EARLIER: A truck and two vehicles have crashed on the Bruce Hwy about 10km south of Maryborough closing the highway in both directions.
A police media spokeswoman said there had been multiple injuries, "some of them quite serious and life-threatening".
She said the B-double truck was laying across the highway at Glenorchy, between Tinana and Tiaro.
The spokeswoman said traffic was being diverted along the old highway but delays were still expected.
Police were called to the crash about 7.15am on Wednesday.