Former Police Officer Bruce Daley Among Victims in Legacy Way Tunnel Crash

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Disturbing details have emerged as an eyewitness statement provides an insight into what may have occurred in the moments before the multi-vehicle crash which claimed the lives of former police officer Bruce Daley and young nurse Lily Galbraith, in addition to leaving another critically injured, at Legacy Way tunnel in Toowong.



Among the disturbing details emerging from the crash is the revelation of Mr Daley’s haunting social media posts, where he openly discussed relationship struggles, loneliness, and even referenced his mental health challenges for several years.

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These posts raise questions about Mr Daley’s state of mind leading up to the tragic incident, adding complexity to the investigation.

Mr Daley left the service over a decade ago.

Eyewitness Accounts

The collision, involving three vehicles, occurred at 3:10 p.m. on 1 May 2024 in the tunnel’s inbound section. Police are piecing together the events leading to the crash, with forensic crash units currently investigating.

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Eyewitnesses recounted the harrowing scene as Mr Daley’s black Audi S3, reportedly travelling at speeds exceeding 200 km/h, collided with a silver sedan, subsequently impacting a small truck. Witnesses described narrowly avoiding the collision and the devastation left in the aftermath, with debris scattered over a considerable distance within the tunnel.

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One witness described the moments leading up to the crash, noting the sudden acceleration of the Audi and the absence of hazard signals. Another recounted the horrifying sight of the vehicles colliding at high speeds, leaving little chance for survival.

The tunnel’s inbound and outbound lanes were closed for over two hours, causing significant traffic delays.

Tributes and Commemoration

Ms Galbraith, a 24-year-old nurse from the Northern Territory, tragically lost her life in the crash whilst travelling to a wedding with her friend Emma McLean. McLean, who was driving the sedan, remains in critical condition at the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital. Tributes poured in for Ms Galbraith, highlighting her dedication to nursing and extending sympathies to her loved ones.

Meanwhile, heartfelt tributes and messages of remembrance have flooded social media platforms. Friends, colleagues, and acquaintances have shared memories of both Mr Daley and Ms Galbraith.

Candlelight vigils and memorial services are being planned to honour the memory of the victims and provide solace to their grieving loved ones.

Police Statement

The Queensland Police Service has reiterated its commitment to thorough investigation, promising transparency and diligence in the pursuit of answers for the families of the victims.

Detective Acting Inspector Chris Hansel addressed the media, acknowledging the complexity of the investigation and refraining from speculating on specific scenarios without a thorough examination of the evidence. Mr Hansel emphasised the consideration of speed and various factors contributing to the crash, highlighting the need for patience and caution on the roads, particularly with a long weekend approaching.

To gather comprehensive evidence for their investigation, the Queensland Police Service is appealing to the public for assistance. They are specifically requesting any dash cam footage or eyewitness accounts that may shed light on the moments leading up to the crash at Legacy Way tunnel.

The Legacy Way Tunnel crash has sent shockwaves through the community, prompting an outpouring of condolences and support for the victims’ families. Premier Steven Miles and Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner expressed their sympathies, acknowledging the tragic loss of life and the impact on those affected.



Emergency Support Information

  • 13YARN First Nations crisis support 24/7 on 13 92 76
  • Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 or at www.beyondblue.org.au
  • Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN) on 1800 008 774
  • Domestic violence support on 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or 1800respect.org.au
  • Headspace on 1800 650 890
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 or at kidshelpline.com.au
  • Lifeline on 13 11 14 or www.lifeline.org.au
  • Mensline Australia on 1300 789 978
  • Open Arms Veteran and Families counselling on 1800 011 046 openarms.gov.au
  • Reachout at au.reachout.com
  • Safe Zone Support – for ADF – 1800 142 072.
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  • Suicide Callback Service on 1300 659 467

Published 2-May-2024