Police praise truck driver after crash near Childers

THE quick-thinking actions of a truck driver may have saved the lives of a Childers police sergeant and constable in a collision on the Bruce Hwy near Apple Tree Creek.

The sergeant and his partner - who had recently been transferred to Childers - were patrolling along the highway about 8.30pm Friday when they made the decision to intercept a car coming in the other direction.

Bundaberg Police Traffic Branch officer in charge Sergeant Marty Arnold said the sergeant activated the emergency lights and attempted to cross the highway before the officers' vehicle collided with a truck.

"We praised the efforts of the truck driver," Sgt Arnold said. "He risked his own safety by veering his truck into trees in an attempt to avoid the police car."

Sgt Arnold said the quick-thinking actions meant the truck narrowly avoided smashing into the police car side-on and quite possibly meant that no lives were lost.

"The severity was limited by the fact the truck driver took evasive action," he said.

Sgt Arnold said the two officers had to be cut from the wreckage and were taken to Bundaberg Hospital where they remained overnight.

"They were released the next day with minor injuries," he said.

"I understand they are both up and about walking and talking."

The Bruce Hwy was closed for hours, and heavy vehicles were asked to wait in Gin Gin until the road was re-opened.

It is believed the truck driver was unharmed.

Sgt Arnold said Friday night's crash showed that no one was immune to traffic crashes.

"It highlights the fact that crashes can happen anywhere to anyone," he said.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

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