Peak Downs Highway is blocked after a crash. Picture: Tara Miko
Peak Downs Highway is blocked after a crash. Picture: Tara Miko

UPDATE: Highway reopens after trucks and car collide

UPDATE: 6AM: THE Peak Downs Highway reopened to traffic just after midnight this morning. 

A serious three-vehicle crash involving two B-doubles brought traffic to a stand still when they collided near the Millenium Mines, between Moranbah and Coppabella about 6.20pm. 

UPDATE: 11pm: AUTHORITIES are still working to clear a massive diesel spill in the wake of a three-vehicle crash on the Peak Downs Highway.

About 300 litres of fuel spilled onto the road and surrounding area after two B-double trucks and a car collided about 6.20pm. 

Authorities had hoped to reopen the road by midnight but the clean-up is taking some time to complete.

It remains unclear when the road will reopen. 

UPDATE 10pm: A tow truck is at the scene of a Peak Downs Crash beginning the recovery of a prime mover involved in an earlier crash. 

Three people were injured in a collision involving two B-double trucks and a car about 6.20pm. 

A Queensland Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said after the prime mover was towed, firefighters would use foam to clean the road after hundreds of litres of diesel spilled from the fuel tank of one of the trucks. 

It's unclear when the road will open but it is expected to be cleared by midnight.

UPDATE 8pm: AUTHORITIES expect to reopen the Peak Downs Highway about 9.30pm but it could take longer. 

The road has been closed in both directions for about two hours after two B-double trucks and a car collided about 6.20pm. 

Emergency service crews have capped a diesel spill from one of the tankers and are now cleaning up the mess.

Authorities were alerting the Environmental Protection Authority. 

INITIAL: THE Peak Downs Highway is closed in both directions after two B-double trucks and a car collided.

It is understood hundreds of litres of diesel has spilled onto the road from one of the trucks, believed to be from Orica, after the collision.

A Queensland Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said at least one of the trucks was transporting ammonium nitrate.

She said two appliances attended from Moranbah and one is on the way from Mackay.

There are reports of a 5km exclusion zone around the crash which happened about 6.20pm near the Millennium Mine.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said five people were injured in the Peak Downs Highway crash, 30km east of Moranbah.

He said two patients had reported spinal pain, and another three people were reporting minor injuries.

He said three patients were being taken to Moranbah Hospital.

"There's a loss of fuel on the scene from one of the vehicles," he said.

The fuel has spilled from the fuel tank of the B-double truck.