April 12, 2024

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A truck driver has narrowly escaped serious injuries after his vehicle collided with a herd of cattle on the Bruce Highway near Guthalungra in Queensland’s Whitsundays region.

Accident Overview
The incident occurred around 3:19 am on Friday when the truck travelling southbound encountered the cattle near Pink Lilly Road. The collision resulted in minor injuries for the driver, who was assessed on the scene by paramedics.

Highway Closure and Reopening
Following the crash, a section of the Bruce Highway was closed to allow for safe assessment and clearance of the accident site. The highway was reopened at approximately 6:45 am, ensuring the flow of early morning traffic could resume.

Condition of Cattle
There was no immediate information on the condition of the cattle involved in the incident. Authorities are likely to follow up on the well-being of the animals impacted.

Safety Measures and Advice
This incident highlights the unpredictable nature of rural driving conditions, especially on highways close to farmland where livestock may be present. Drivers are advised to remain alert and cautious, particularly when driving during the early hours.

The community is relieved that the driver escaped serious harm, but the incident serves as a reminder of the risks associated with vehicle-animal collisions. Local authorities may need to consider additional measures to prevent such accidents in the future.