18/10/2021
The Bruce Highway was blocked in the immediate aftermath of the crash, but diversions were put in place for cars before the road reopened about 7.30am. Photo: Luis Ascui

Queensland Crash: 3 Seasonal Workers killed

The Bruce Highway in far north Queensland has served a horrific head-on crash that claimed three seasonal workers from Vanuatu this morning after their minibus collided with a semi-trailer.

Ioan Malas, Bridly Kere and Veta Bong were declared deceased just after the crash on Bruce Highway in far north Queensland.

Ioan Malas. Photo: YSS/YTS
Bridly Kere. Photo: YSS/YTS
Elton Veta Bong Vantegon (centre). Photo: YSS/YTS
The Bruce Highway was blocked in the immediate aftermath of the crash, but diversions were put in place for cars before the road reopened about 7.30am. Photo: Luis Ascui
Crash site. Photo: YSS/YTS
The damaged minibus. Photo: YSS/YTS
The damaged minibus. Photo: YSS/YTS
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Ioan Malas. Photo: YSS/YTS
Bridly Kere. Photo: YSS/YTS
Elton Veta Bong Vantegon (centre). Photo: YSS/YTS
The Bruce Highway was blocked in the immediate aftermath of the crash, but diversions were put in place for cars before the road reopened about 7.30am. Photo: Luis Ascui
Crash site. Photo: YSS/YTS
The damaged minibus. Photo: YSS/YTS
The damaged minibus. Photo: YSS/YTS
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Two other male passengers, Charlie Seule and Etienne Malep, were taken to Innisfail Hospital with serious neck and back injuries.

In a press release from the Vanuatu Government’s Employment Service Unit of the Labour Department, they send their condolence to all the family members and friends of the deceased and assured everyone that they are meeting with the agents responsible to arrange for their bodies to be repatriated back to Vanuatu in the coming days.