The crash scene near the Nambucca Heads service centre.
The crash scene near the Nambucca Heads service centre.

Truckie set the bar 'incredibly high'

THE driver killed in this morning's horror crash on the Pacific Highway has been remembered as a "true gentleman" and was a "credit to the transport industry". 

The truck driver, who police said was a 36-year-old man from Bathurst, has not yet been formally identified. 

The crash happened around 5am north of the Nambucca interchange. Police said it was believed one of the B-doubles was parked in a designated stopping bay on the northbound side of the highway prior to the crash. 

The driver in the northbound truck died at the scene; while the driver from the parked truck was uninjured.

Several tributes have been posted on Facebook by those in the transport industry, expressing their sadness and condolences.

Bruce Gunter was "absolutely devastated" to hear of the crash.

"He was, by far, one of the nicest and smoothest operators on our roads and one who has set the bar incredibly high," he wrote.

"He had class, style and his trucks and drivers were a credit to our transport industry. I'm sitting here shaking hardly knowing how to put my feelings into words but please know that today is a dark day as this forever smiling ambassador of the industry has left us.

"I feel for the likes of the Klos brothers and their staff and mates, who were all incredibly close to him.

"I met him around 15 years ago and we chatted at length as I turned green with envy at his achievements even back then and I've watched in admiration.

KS Black Industries from Mackay said he was a "true gentleman" and truck photographer Gotcha By Karl posted photos of the driver's truck.

"I posted these photos this morning not knowing the news we were about to hear," he wrote.

"You will be missed by many and loved by more. Thinking of the family and close friends in this hard time."

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