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4WD Plunges Off Bridge

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The badly damaged Toyota LandCruiser landed on its wheels under the Stuart River Bridge

The elderly couple in the LandCruiser survived an estimated 10 metre drop from the highway

July 11, 2019

Three people were lucky to escape serious injury in a spectacular collision involving a caravan on the Bunya Highway just outside Kingaroy on Thursday morning.

An elderly couple in a Toyota LandCruiser, which was pulling the caravan, had to be cut free from their vehicle by the QFES after it plummeted an estimated 10 metres off the Stuart River Bridge about 10:15am.

The vehicle landed upright in the grass below.

The couple was taken by ambulance to Kingaroy Hospital with suspected minor injuries.

The collision removed a stretch of the concrete safety railing from the eastern side of the bridge, which also fell into the grass below.

The couple’s caravan remained on the bridge – on its side, and in pieces.

The male driver of the second vehicle was not injured.

Both vehicles are believed to have been travelling towards Kingaroy when the crash occurred.

Police investigations into the cause of the collision are continuing.

The highway was closed while emergency services attended the scene and the damaged vehicles and debris were removed. Traffic was diverted via Stuart Valley Drive and Ellesmere Road.

Inspectors from the Department of Transport and Main Roads will examine the damage to the bridge.

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The wrecked caravan is righted before its removal from the bridge:

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Luckily, the caravan remained on the bridge after the collision

The second vehicle involved in the crash, a Toyota HiLux dualcab ute, sustained damage to
its front and side

The wrecked caravan and damaged HiLux blocked traffic on the Bunya Highway for several hours

Firefighters had to cut the couple free from the LandCruiser under the bridge

The collision destroyed a section of the concrete railing on the bridge, sending pieces crashing below

Part of the damaged concrete railing dangling from the bridge …

… more damage to the concrete supports for the railing

A piece of the concrete railing lying underneath the bridge where it fell


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