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Stolen Truck Driven Over 300km From Wide Bay Burnett To SEQ

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Police are investigating after a truck was stolen from a location near Bundaberg and driven almost four hours to Caboolture, where the joy ride ended. 

The vehicle was reportedly seen being driven erratically on the Bruce Highway from Gympie to Caboolture on Sunday night.

It had been taken the previous night from Gooburrum near Bundaberg and used in a petrol drive-off in Gin-Gin at around 3.40 pm.

At around 4.10pm, police located and attempted to intercept the truck at Sandy Creek Eureka but the truck continued driving.

At around 6.15pm Gympie police observed a truck being driven erratically, Southbound on the Bruce Highway.

Officers attempted to intercept the truck in Gympie but the driver refused to stop and continued along the Bruce Highway, to the Caboolture exit, Old Toorbul Point Road where a tyre deflation device was successfully used.

The truck came to a stop approximately two kilometres later when it collided with a telegraph pole and brought down powerlines.

The driver ran off but with the assistance of Polair, he was located approximately 30 minutes later by members of the dog squad.

The three passengers in the vehicle were treated at the scene by paramedics and transported to Royal Brisbane Hospital for non-life- threatening injuries.

Paramedics, including critical care paramedics and Brisbane HARU were called to the scene on Old Toorbul Point Road at 7.21pm.

The trio was assessed with one, a late teens male, entrapped and cut from the wreckage. The entrapped male sustained leg injuries and was transported in a stable condition to the Royal Brisbane Hospital, a second late teens male was also transported stable with leg injuries to the Royal Brisbane Hospital, while a female in her mid-teens was transported to Queensland Children’s Hospital with minor injuries.

Investigations are ongoing.