Newman blasted for disrespect after fatal

Tracey Ferrier

Former Queensland premier Campbell Newman has been savaged for complaining about a traffic jam after a woman was killed by a bus.

Brisbane's streets were congested most of Tuesday morning after police closed Ann Street in the CBD for two hours after the 51-year-old was hit while trying to cross the road.

Mr Newman took to Twitter to question the way police handled the incident.

"There must be a better way for the Qld Police to deal with a tragic pedestrian death than to shut down the entire northern side of Brisbane and create total and utter chaos extending more than 5km from the CBD," he wrote.

A chorus of offended users hit back, accusing the former Liberal National Party premier of lacking respect and compassion.

"A family's life has been changed forever today and all you can do is whinge about QLD police doing something better with the traffic," one posted.

"What's your suggestion then? I suppose another tunnel?" another tweeted.

But Mr Newman wasn't deterred, adding: "for those of you who don't agree, what about the surgeons and doctors who didn't get to the hospitals on time, the cancer patients who were heading for treatment, the kids who had exams, the people who missed job interviews etc. etc. ?"

Police Minister Mark Ryan said he was horrified by Mr Newman's comments, and commended the efforts of police and emergency services crews.

"I was appalled by comments made by ... Campbell Newman about the police management of traffic while they were taking the necessary steps to investigate and respond to this morning's tragedy," the Labor MP said.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also criticised her predecessor, as did new LNP leader Deb Frecklington, who slammed Mr Newman's comments as "insensitive and inappropriate".

Speaking later to The Courier-Mail, the former premier said he was merely asking common sense questions to help avoid unintended consequences from the flow-on of the incident.

Police said they had to close the road to protect evidence at the scene and ensure a robust investigation, and to preserve the victim's dignity.

A TransLink spokesman said there were 18 bus services cancelled with half-hour delays on the majority of city buses.