Cunningham Highway reopens
THE Cunningham Highway between Warwick and Brisbane has reopened after being closed for several hours due to a fatal car crash north of Aratula.
Two other people were seriously injured following the collision.
The high-speed crash occurred on the Cunningham Highway at Morwincha about 8.05am.
A man and woman in a small Toyota hatchback were trapped for a lengthy period, with the unconscious male passenger sustaining life-threatening injuries.
The man in his 20s, was the first to be flown out to the PA Hospital by a rescue chopper but died a short time later.
The 20-year-old female driver sustained serious leg, pelvis and head injuries and it took almost an hour for firefighters to cut her free of the wreck.
Police believe fatigue may have been a factor but are still investigating.
Police diverted traffic up Boonah-Fassifern Rd while the accident scene was cleared.
Temporary closures such as today's aside, two lanes of traffic will remain open on the highway through Cunningham's Gap without stop and go traffic control, as work takes a break for the holiday period.
Some sections remain reduced to 40 km/hr for safety.
A spokesman for the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) this week said work at the Gap had reached "a significant milestone", with major work now complete at seven of the 11 pavement reconstruction sites.
"Delays from wet weather this month mean the final pavement reconstruction at the sites west of Fig Tree Gully, Fig Tree Gully and Six Penny Gully will recommence on January 9.
"Changed traffic conditions, including single lane closures and stop and go traffic control will be in place at times for this work.
"These sites are expected to be complete by the end of January, weather permitting.
The spokesman said work would also start at the remaining site at Clayton's Gully, which was the most badly damaged.
He said the work is due to start in February on a new stretch of road 600 metres long and four lanes wide and is expected to be completed by the middle of the year.
"The final asphalt repairs and resurfacing through the Gap is also planned to start on January 9, following the busy holiday period," the spokesman said.
"It will be carried out as day works under intermittent short-term stop and go traffic control and is planned to be complete in February."
For up-to-date information on changing traffic conditions, visit www.131940.qld.gov.au or call 13 19 40.