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Man arrested after fatal hit and run


A 28-year-old man has been arrested after a fatal hit and run on the Ron Camm Bridge. 
Just after 4.00am police allege a stolen SUV struck a man in his 30s, who was a traffic controller at the Bruce Highway work site.
Police claim the car fled the scene, heading north.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson says bystanders called Triple Zero and began treating the man, while paramedics raced to the scene.  
Tragically the local man could not be saved. 
When police arrived on the bridge, they happened to spot a damaged car driving past.
Inspector Ian Haughton says the officers noted that the damage was consistent with a hit and run.
"As a result of some radio communications another police vehicle saw the car in another area of Mackay but was unable to intercept it," Inspector Haughton says. 
The car in question was later found abandoned in South Mackay, prompting the Dog Squad to be called in, but the animals failed to locate the offender. 
A short time later, investigations led police to an address in the city, where they arrested a man who they believe to be the driver. 
Charges are yet to be laid.
Inspector Haughton says more details into the investigations will be released later today.

The northbound lane of the Bruce Highway at the bridge has since been reopened, after being closed for several hours this morning.