two-vehicle crash on the Bruce Highway

The scene of a two-vehicle crash on the Bruce Highway that left one patient trapped. Courtesy: Victor Pucci

Three people, including a teenager who had to be cut from her vehicle have been taken to hospital after a crash that has left Bruce Highway traffic in gridlock for almost three hours.

Firefighters used cutting gear to free the woman, aged in her late teens, after the two-vehicle crash at Palmview in the highway’s northbound lanes.

Paramedics reported she had suffered neck, back and knee injuries, but her injuries were not life threatening.

Another woman sustained a knee injury and a third motorist, a man aged in his 20s, suffered a hand injury.

All three were taken to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in stable conditions.

Motorists reported traffic at a standstill, with the gridlock in the northbound lanes stretching 14km.

The crash happened in the northbound lanes of the highway, about 200m after Aussie World.

Crashes on the Bruce Highway’s northbound lanes at Palmview have in recent weeks become an almost daily occurrence as holiday traffic and roadworks put more stress on the notorious stretch before the Sunshine Motorway interchange.

Meanwhile, the M1 is once again at a standstill as holiday-makers head south.

Tomorrow marks the final weekend of the holiday season before many Gold Coasters head back to work, and it seems people are heading across the border.

Southbound lanes of the M1 resemble a car park from Robina to Tugun. Southbound lanes are also at a standstill at Tweed Heads.