Our very own highway to hell
THE stretch of Bruce Highway running through the North Coast and Wide Bay is Queensland's riskiest road.
Figures from the Department of Transport and Main Roads show there have been nearly 1300 serious crashes, including fatals, along this corridor in the past 10 years.
The Bruce Highway also tops the list for Central Queensland's worst road with 1183 serious crashes in the same period.
Bowen man Robert Carter, 34, was killed in a three-vehicle crash on the Bruce Highway on August 21.
Two tourists, a man and a woman aged in their 70s, were also killed. Mr Carter's family said they were left devastated by the accident.
The North Queensland region's stretch of the Bruce Highway is by far its worst section of roadway.
Dylan Donohue left behind his three-year-old son when he was killed in a high-speed crash on the Bruce Highway in July.
He was the passenger in a Toyota LandCruiser when the driver lost control.
"They just think they're bulletproof," his mother Sonia said, of careless drivers.
The South Coast's most vexing road is the Pacific Highway with 1062 serious crashes.
The Brisbane metropolitan area is plagued by crashes on its arterial roads.
The South East Freeway, Gympie Arterial Road and the Cunningham Highway are the three worst metro roads with a combined 955 serious crashes.
The Warrego Highway is the Downs South West district's most problematic thoroughfare with 674 serious crashes.
Olivia Harwood, 17, and her mother Bev died after a three-vehicle accident on the Warrego Highway near Oakey in October. Beverley's husband Allan was also seriously injured in the accident.
Police said a semi-trailer travelling east along the highway collided with a ute, which was also travelling east.
The ute then collided with the Harwood family's sedan. Bev was taken to hospital but died six days later.
The RACQ said most of the roads making the list were higher volume regional highways, typically undivided with one lane in each direction.
The most common crash types were out of control vehicles leaving the road, objects being hit, intersection collisions, and head-on crashes.
"The higher speed limits on these roads increase the risk and the severity of crashes, so serious or fatal crashes are more likely," RACQs Principal Traffic and Safety Engineer Gregory Miszkowycz said.
"Some of these roads lack safe design elements that would make them more forgiving of driver error, such as widening and additional lanes, installing safety barriers or clearing roadside objects, implementing wide centre-line treatments, and upgrading intersections with protected right turn lanes."
A spokesman for TMR said Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program funded about $21.7 billion worth of works over the next four years across the local, state and national networks.