A MAN has sadly died following a two-vehicle crash in Proserpine that witnesses have described as a ‘horrific’ and ‘chaotic’ scene.
Crews from Queensland Police, Fire and Emergency, Ambulance and SES all attended the scene at approximately 8.40pm last night, Thursday, August 10.
Preliminary investigations indicate at 8.35pm a utility was headed north on the Bruce Highway.
Approximately 100-metres south of Glen Isla Road, the utility veered onto the wrong side of the road, and into the oncoming path of a semi-trailer travelling in the opposite direction.
The driver of the ute, a 74-year-old Proserpine man, was on his way home from work at Whitsunday Coast Airport, and tragically died at the scene.
The driver of the truck was not physically injured.
Detective Inspector Emma Novosel said early investigations indicated that fatigue played a part in the collision.
“Forensic Crash Investigators attended the scene, and early inquiries indicate that fatigue and or distraction may have been a contributing factor to the crash,” she said.
Detective Inspector Novosel said it was her understanding the deceased man was heading home from work at the airport and that both drivers did attempt to take evasive action.
Two crews from Queensland Fire and Emergency responded to the scene, and assisted SES in setting up a road diversion as both lanes were closed.
Paramedics assessed the truck driver for minor injuries however he declined further transport to hospital.
Paramedics also assessed the 74-year-old man for critical injuries, however, he sadly passed away.
Forensic Crash Unit investigations are continuing.