Families slept in their cars overnight on a major highway in Brisbane after a fatal accident closed all lanes for more than eight hours.
Police said the delay came after a 33-year-old man from Logan crashed into a barrier on Logan Highway near Heathwood around 9:30 p.m. yesterday.
The man then got out of his car and stopped in the left lane when two other vehicles tried to avoid him but crashed into each other. One of those vehicles hit the man.
The accident caused significant delays of tens of kilometres.
Will Johnston said he got stuck in his car with his pregnant wife Paige and his two-year-old daughter for eight hours, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Mr Johnston said they didn’t know what was going on for about an hour and only found out through the grapevine, when people started getting out of their cars and chatting.
He said hundreds of cars were closed and that a man walked 800 meters with no end in sight.
The young family tried to turn three times, but there were no detours in place, which resulted in them being trapped on the highway.
The couple stayed up all night but managed to get their two-year-old to sleep after a bit of an ‘mission’.
“We couldn’t get out because it was too cold, so we were kind of stuck in the car,” he said.
“So, my wife has a really bad Braxton Hicks problem [contractions].
“It was just so crazy. We were kind of trapped.
“There were a lot of forgotten people walking around on the highway, it was very strange.”
The highway opened this morning, around dawn.
By then, Mr. Johnston said there had been a number of cars that had broken down.
“We had to push some cars off the road,” he said.
“When we were driving away there were still people sleeping in their cars and we had to try to wake them up so they wouldn’t get hurt.
“There were no emergency services that could do and help with that either.
“So there were just people sleeping on the highway.”
De Burns was traveling home with her husband after visiting their granddaughter when they stopped at around 10 p.m.
“We didn’t move until 5:30 this morning,” Ms Burns told ABC Radio Brisbane.
“But it was the people who participated [in the crash] I feel sorry for.”
John Lamb was also caught up in the chaos and told ABC Radio Brisbane that he was stranded for hours without any water.
“We’re not moving anywhere,” he said. “Since one in the morning, I’ve been moving about a kilometer.”
“I have to go to work – I’m a limousine operator and I have the next pickup at 6.45 am. I hope to get there in time.”
The 33-year-old who was hit on the highway was seriously injured and later died in hospital.
Two other men involved in the incident have been taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital as a precaution and both are in stable condition.
Forensic crash unit check.
Any witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage from the area are urged to contact the police.