Tara Milko 13/5/16

Dashcam footage from a car following one of two trucks involved in a serious crash at Oakey this morning is expected to form part of police investigations.

Oakey police Officer-in-Charge Sergeant John Cook said the crash is believed to have been caught on camera by a motorist but it was yet to be viewed.

He said charges are expected to be laid in relation to the crash but it was too soon in the investigations to determine what they could be.

“The Forensic Crash Unit will possibly lay charges but it is too premature to release that information,” he said.

“It would appear that driver error from one of the vehicles is a likely cause, but the matter is still under investigation.

“Dashcam footage from one of the following vehicles may assist with investigations.”

The Warrego Hwy is expected to remain closed on the Oakey bypass as the clean-up from the two-truck crash continues.

Sgt Cook said traffic was being diverted through Oakey.

The highway is expected to remain closed until late this afternoon as heavy vehicle recovery equipment is brought in to clear the area.

The male driver of the B-double fuel tanker is believed to have suffered head injuries and fractures in the crash.

The driver of the smaller truck was uninjured.

9.40AM: Emergency services hope to reopen one lane of the Warrego Hwy to traffic within the hour as a large diesel spill is monitored and a clean up operation starts.

Investigations are continuing into what caused two trucks to collide on the highway on the Oakey bypass about 6.30am.

Oakey police Officer-in-Charge Sergeant John Cook said the drivers of a smaller truck involved in the collision in a signed 80kmh zone was lucky to escape without injury.

The driver of a fuel tanker carting about 35,000L of diesel and 1000L of petrol has been taken to hospital.

Sgt Cook said officers would remain on scene with traffic controllers but urged people to avoid the area if possible.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Inspector Peter Bradow said crews continued to monitor the spill.

“On arrival we set up an exclusion zone of about 300m,” he said.

“Crews have been in in breathing apparatus and taken instruments in to establish the hot zone.

“We have established that so we can now reduce that (exclusion) zone).”

Extensive debris litters the Warrego Hwy and the smaller refrigeration truck has been torn apart on impact.

Insp. Bradow said it was lucky both drivers had survived the crash.

“Both (drivers) appear to have escaped without serious injury at this stage,” he said.

“Again, I would like to remind the public to take due care and attention on the roads because this has been extremely lucky for both drivers.”

8.15AM: A large exclusion zone has been established around the scene of a serious truck crash west of Toowoomba.

Forensic crash unit investigators have arrived on scene and are investigating what caused two trucks to collide on the Warrego Hwy at Oakey.

QFES crews remain on scene and are monitoring a 1000L diesel spill.

The driver of a fuel tanker has been taken to hospital.

The driver of the smaller truck is uninjured.

7AM: The RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter has been called to a serious crash between two trucks on the Warrego Hwy near Toowoomba.

The crash occurred about 6.30am near the intersection of the Warrego Hwy and Speed Rd at Oakey.

One of the drivers is believed to have serious head injuries.

Diesel has spilled on the highway.

The Warrego Hwy is closed in both directions.