YOUNG FAMILY: Matthew Byrne with partner Dee’anna Turner and baby Jarrah Samuel Byrne, pictured in January 2013. Photo Contributed
YOUNG FAMILY: Matthew Byrne with partner Dee’anna Turner and baby Jarrah Samuel Byrne, pictured in January 2013. Photo Contributed Contributed

"You were one of the best": Tributes pour after fatal crash

UPDATE 6.44am Tuesday: TRIBUTES have been pouring in for two local men who died after a head-on truck and car collision on the Pacific Highway on Saturday.

John Wagner from Coraki was driving his cane truck when a RAV4 crossed to the other side of the road and collided with the truck.

Mr Wagner's cousin, who would prefer for her name not to be mentioned, said it was hard to find the right words to describe him, but she said "he was a gentleman".

"A very gentle man, a very caring person and one who was very well thought of and respected by all who were lucky enough to have known him," they said.

"John will be missed immensely."

Gary McDonald from Brisbane shared his condolences on Facebook.

"John Wagner, you were one of the best," he said.

"You were one of my oldest and dearest friends starting way back to Kindergarten... R.I.P   mate, you will be sadly missed."

Matthew Byrne, believed to be from Ballina, was described as 24-years-old, a father of two young children and a loved son, brother and uncle.

Sister-in-law Kiah Fuller said a fundraising page has been set up to support the grieving family.

"His partner has set up an account to try to raise any amount of money to help us give him the best funeral we can," she said.

"Also money will help support his two young children and partner he has left behind."

Ms Fuller said any donations were welcome, no matter how small.

Donations can be made out to:
Dee'anna Turner
ANZ Ballina
BSB: 012 528
Account: 2 1998 4809 (Not 219 985 809 as originally published - see edit below) 

Edit: Kiah posted this on The Northern Star's Facebook page last night: "I wish to advise everyone there has been typo with one number in the account number and will be rectified as soon as possible. I would also like to inform those who have made donations that we have been incontact with the Anz bank and this account does not exist and the money will bounce back into your account within 5-6 business day. I do apologies for this inconvenience. Please dont hesitate to contact me with any queries you may have."

 

The highway was closed in both directions.
The highway was closed in both directions.

UPDATE 12.51pm: THE driver of the cane truck who died in the head-on collision near Broadwater is believed to be John Wagner from Coraki.

Mr Wagner's cousin said it was hard to find the right words to describe him, but she said "he was a gentleman".

"A very gentle man, a very caring person and one who was very well thought of and respected by all who were lucky enough to have known him," they said.

"John will be missed immensely."
 

UPDATE 12pm: TRIBUTES are pouring in for two local men who died after a head-on truck and car collision on the Pacific Hwy on Saturday.

One of the deceased, believed to be Matthew Byrne from Ballina, was described as 24-years-old, a father of two young children and a loved son, brother and uncle.

Sister-in-law Kiah Fuller said a fundraising page has been set up to support the grieving family.

"His partner has set up an account to try and raise any amount of money to help us give him the best funeral we can," she said.
"Also money will help support his two young children and partner he has left behind."

Ms Fuller said any donations were welcome, no matter how small.

Donations can be made out to:
Dee'anna Turner
ANZ Ballina
BSB: 012 528
Account: 2 1998 4809 (Not 219 985 809 as originally published - see edit below) 

Edit: Kiah posted this on The Northern Star's Facebook page Monday night: "I wish to advise everyone there has been typo with one number in the account number and will be rectified as soon as possible. I would also like to inform those who have made donations that we have been incontact with the Anz bank and this account does not exist and the money will bounce back into your account within 5-6 business day. I do apologies for this inconvenience. Please dont hesitate to contact me with any queries you may have."
 

DOUBLE FATAL: Two people died in a three-vehicle accident 10 minutes south of Broadwater on the Pacific Highway.
DOUBLE FATAL: Two people died in a three-vehicle accident 10 minutes south of Broadwater on the Pacific Highway. Marc Stapelberg

INITIAL REPORT: TWO local people have died following a head-on collision on the Pacific Hwy near Broadwater on Saturday afternoon.

Police were called to the scene around 2.30pm to find a RAV4, a cane truck and nearby bushland on fire.

The RAV4 driver was from Ballina and the truck driver was from Coraki.

Lismore Police Inspector Nicole Bruce said the RAV4 had collided with the cane truck, which then hit a tree and caught fire.

"A RAV4 was travelling south, and for unknown reasons at this stage, has crossed onto the wrong side

of the road and impacted heavily head-on with the truck," Insp Bruce said.

"The initial car burst into flames, the truck was then hit off the road, also it burst into flames, and a third car has been involved as well."

The male driver and passenger of the third car were taken to hospital with minor injuries after they collided with one of the vehicles.

The driver of the third vehicle will undergo blood and urine tests.

At this stage the genders and identities of the RAV4 and truck driver is unknown.

The accident occurred 1km south of Broadwater.

The Pacific Hwy was closed in both directions between Rileys Hill and Wyrallah Rds.



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