HORRIFIC: A truck, including both trailers owned by Pierce Transport carrying cooking oil, was burnt after the driver lost control yesterday morning.
HORRIFIC: A truck, including both trailers owned by Pierce Transport carrying cooking oil, was burnt after the driver lost control yesterday morning. Contributed

Dad dies in fiery highway smash

A FIERY truck crash south of Warwick yesterday took the life of Toowoomba father Bob McKillop.

The accident occurred on the New England Highway at 3.45am, near Dalveen, when Mr McKillop lost control of the Pierce Transport B-double that burst into flames.

It is the second fatality in as many weeks in our region and the fifth truck crash on Darling Downs roads since Monday.

Warwick Police acting-officer-in-charge Shane Reid said the truck was north-bound travelling from Sydney to Toowoomba.

"First of all the truck crossed to the wrong side of the road," he said.

"It struck a guard rail and swerved back onto the right side of the road.

"The truck then ploughed over a 15ft embankment and caught fire.

"Unfortunately the driver did not escape the truck."

Acting Senior Sergeant Reid said the truck, including both trailers carrying cooking oil, were destroyed.

Darling Downs district officer Inspector Mike Curtin said a coronial investigation had commenced into the crash.

"The investigation will cover all aspects applicable to the fatality, including fatigue, and relevant heavy vehicle transport driving duties.

"It's being investigated by Warwick police with the assistance of forensic crash investigators from the Darling Downs district." Inspector Curtin said the man had spoken to some people six hours earlier in New South Wales.

He said it was tragic to see another fatality on the district's roads.

"This is the second fatality for the calendar year for the Darling Downs police district," Insp. Curtin said.

"In addition to our 30 fatalities last year, we're just urging the motoring public to take extra care and not become a statistic."

A relative of Mr McKillop, Nae, said she thanked everyone who left a comment and thought for her family on Facebook.

"We are going to miss him so much," she wrote.

Meanwhile, the male driver of the Wickham Freight Lines truck that rolled over near Braeside on January 10, was charged with driving without due, care and attention and given notice to appear in Warwick Magistrates Court.

It was on January 7 that a backpacker was killed on the New England Highway after his car collided with an Ergon Energy truck at Glen Aplin.

Police charged a 25-year-old man after the crash that killed a 24-year-old passenger.

The French national driver was arrested by police. He was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.

He is due to appear in the Stanthorpe Magistrates Court next Wednesday on January 29.



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