Tributes flow for 'beautiful' midwife killed in crash
TRIBUTES have started to flow on social media for a 29-year-old Bundaberg woman killed in a crash on the Bruce Hwy.
Midwife Melanie Robinson (nee Knott) was killed Thursday morning when her black SUV collided head-on with a B-double truck north of Howard at about 5.40am.
Ms Robinson was a Queensland Health employee who worked at the Bundaberg Hospital and friends and colleagues have remembered a beautiful woman who will be missed.
Comments on her Facebook page included heartfelt messages.
One friend wrote "Beautiful woman xxx. Will deeply miss you".
Those comments were reiterated.
"Beautiful girl you are going to be deeply missed" and "Rest in peace beautiful Melanie love and miss you dearly", other friends wrote.
Shattered staff at the Bundaberg Hospital were told about the tragedy Thursday morning.
In a statement staff and board members from the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service expressed their shock and sadness at the loss of much-loved midwife Melanie Robinson.
WBHHS chief operating officer Debbie Carroll said Melanie, who worked in the Bundaberg Family Unit, was a treasured colleague whose nursing career was blossoming in the health service.
"Melanie was a beautiful person inside and out and we watched her grow and develop into a highly skilled midwife with a passion for caring for babies," she said.
"She only recently gained postgraduate neonatal qualifications.
"Melanie was loved and well respected by the staff working in the family unit, as well as broader clinical and nursing teams within Bundaberg Hospital.
"Our thoughts are with her family, friends and all staff, who are feeling a great deal of sadness at her loss."
Ms Carroll said the flag at Bundaberg Hospital was now flying at half mast as a mark of respect and remembrance.
Counsellors were are being provided for the Bundaberg Family Unit team and other staff who need support during this difficult time.
Ms Robinson was also the 2014 winner of the prestigious Winnie May Nursing Scholarship for nursing staff at the Registered Nursing and Enrolled Nursing level employed at Bundaberg Hospital to encourage them to continue their professional development through an accredited nursing related course.
Investigations are continuing into the cause of the crash.
EARLIER 1PM: Police and main roads workers are directing both north and south bound traffic on the Bruce Highway near Cherwell.
One lane has reopened on the stretch of highway near Nulla Flat Creek, more than seven hours after a fatal collision between an SUV and a B-double truck.
The 29-year-old female driver of the SUV died at the scene, and the 65-year-old male truck driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Work continues to clear the scene of diesel fuel which spilled from the B-double, leaving the road's surface dangerously slippery.
UPDATE: 11.20AM: The Bruce Hwy is expected to remain closed for several hours following a traffic crash at Cherwell this morning.
Around 5.50am, a 29-year-old woman died after the SUV she was travelling in collided head on with a truck on the Bruce Highway north of Howard.
The 65-year-old male truck driver was taken to hospital for minor injuries. Northbound traffic is being diverted at Maryborough via Biggenden to Childers and southbound traffic is being diverted at Childers via Biggenden to Maryborough.
A detour for heavy vehicles is via the Wide Bay Highway, Burnett Highway, Isis Highway and Booyall-Dillarnil Road.
Investigations are continuing.
EARLIER: Police are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred this morning at Cherwell, north of Howard.
Initial investigations suggest that at around 5.40am, a car and a truck collided on the Bruce Highway around 15kms north of Howard.
The sole occupant of the car, a 29-year-old woman, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The driver of the truck has been transported to hospital and being treated for minor injuries.
The Bruce Highway is currently closed in both directions and there are diversions in place via Biggenden.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours a day.
EARLIER: A woman has been killed after a collision with a B-Double gas tanker on the Bruce Highway near Pig Creek, 10km north of Howard.
Bundaberg Police confirmed traffic was blocked at the Buxton BP but were unable to comment any further on the situation.
Both directions of the highway are closed and traffic is being diverted through Biggenden.