Woman who died after car went over bridge at Kolan River near Bundaberg may have been swerving to avoid tyre on road

A woman who died after her car went over a bridge and landed upside down in a river near Bundaberg, may have been swerving to miss a tyre on the road, police believe.

The woman, 51, was driving along the Bruce Hwy at Kolonga before she lost control of her car and went off the side of the Kolan River Bridge at 11.45am on Sunday.

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Bystanders winched her vehicle to safety before emergency crews arrived, but the woman couldn’t be saved.

“Some drivers travelling behind her have pulled up and gone into the river and connected a winch rope to partially drag the vehicle out of the river,” acting inspector Andrew Madders from Queensland Fire and Emergency told 7NEWS.

Emergency services crews from Gin Gin and Bundaberg, as well as swift water rescue teams, reached the partially submerged car on Sunday afternoon, where they located the driver.

The woman was the sole occupant of the car and was declared dead at the scene.

The woman died after her car went over a bridge. Credit: 7NEWS

Police now believe the woman may have been swerving to avoid a tyre on the road when she lost control of her car and went over the bridge.

“It’s unclear at this stage whether that vehicle has struck the tyre, or whether it’s been the act of swerving to avoid the tyre that has caused that driver to lose control,” senior sergeant Ewan Findlater said.

“Drivers need to be aware that at any stage you could come across something that is unexpected.”

Police do not believe speed was a contributing factor in the crash.

Traffic was stopped on the Bruce highway for most of the afternoon on Sunday, before roads were re-opened.

Investigations are ongoing.

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