Noosaville man, 69, confirmed as fatal crash victim
UPDATE: A 69-YEAR-OLD Noosaville man has been confirmed as the fatal crash victim in a five-car incident on the Bruce Hwy.
Early police information indicated the man who had died yesterday at the Bells Ck scene had been a 58-year-old Lennox Head man.
However, the Lennox Head man and a woman with who he was travelling were in the other vehicle involved in the head on crash.
Police said both were being treated in hospital in serious but stable conditions.
Another woman involved in the head on impact who was taken to Nambour General Hospital after the crash was this afternoon listed as being in a stable condition.
EARLIER: Cars and debris were launched through the air in a five-vehicle crash that claimed a 58-year-old Lennox Head man's life on the Bruce Hwy at Bells Creek.
Another man and two women were taken by air and road from the scene in critical conditions, with paramedics checking another seven people involved in the crash who did not require hospitalisation.
Robert Eccles was heading south from Caloundra towards his mum's place at Toorbul about 2.40pm yesterday when he saw a white ute come across from the northbound lanes, through a gully and crash into a silver four-wheel-drive travelling about 50m in front of him.
He said the ute was travelling quite fast when it reached the southbound lanes.
"That car (the four-wheel-drive) was just flying through the air," he said.
He said engine parts and other parts of vehicles went everywhere.
"You could hear that thump, that impact. It was just chaotic," he said.
The 64-year-old went to help a man and woman in the ute as others tried to help the people in the four-wheel-drive.
"It was very confronting."
Carpenter Nathan Siggs, 19, was towing a tools trailer north towards his Mooloolah Valley home after a day of work at Caboolture when the crash unfolded in front of him.
Mr Siggs said he was in the right lane when the ute, travelling in the left lane, cut across the right lane and the gully into the path of the oncoming four-wheel-drive.
"A vehicle behind him has slammed on its brakes and locked up and I've locked up as well but I've got a trailer so I can't brake as quickly and I've taken her out," Mr Siggs said.
He jumped out his car to check on a woman and a young boy in the other car and was relieved they were both fine.
Other passers-by were tending to the injured so he set about trying to clear debris from the roadway.
"It's just pretty lucky that there are so many of us still uninjured and came out of it safe but it is sad to see and hear about the fatality," he said. "I'm really thinking about their families and what they must be going through at the moment. It is just so much to comprehend and you just keep replaying it though your mind."
The southbound lanes were blocked into the night and the northbound lanes were severely slowed.
Sunshine Coast Police district officer Superintendent Darryl Johnson said the incident was tragic.
"Our thoughts are with the family of this man," he said.
"The school holidays are nearly with us and I ask that all drivers on the Sunshine Coast are aware of the increased traffic and continue to drive to the conditions."