Traffic controller killed at work a 'champion bloke'

Sunshine Coast man Ken Altoft was killed overnight while working as a traffic controller on the Bruce Hwy at Tanawha.
Sunshine Coast man Ken Altoft was killed overnight while working as a traffic controller on the Bruce Hwy at Tanawha. Contributed

UPDATE: A TRAFFIC controller who was hit and killed by a car while working on the Bruce Hwy last night has been remembered as an "all-round champion bloke" by a friend and cycling buddy.

Ken Altoft, 56, was hit just after midnight and died on the scene with work closed at the site today out of respect.

The 47-year-old driver of the car was hospitalised with head injuries at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and police are continuing their investigations.

Dave Fellows, founder of TOO MOO 220 - a charity cycling event Mr Altoft helped get off the ground - said everybody was "shattered" to learn of the incident.

It's clear the death has had a profound impact on the community, with Mr Fellows saying his "good mate" was the "salt of the earth" and "put himself second at every opportunity".

"Everybody's struggling, I'm struggling," he said.

"He took life by the throat and milked every opportunity he had for all it was worth to enjoy himself, but also made sure those around him enjoyed themselves as well.

"He was a very generous character, positive, enthusiastic, supportive - any superlative you want to put in there."  

Mr Fellows said Mr Altoft was working as a traffic controller to supplement his income to get a business off the ground and it was "tragedy when a bloke's just going to work and he's not going to come home…".

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A long-time member of the Sunshine Coast cycling community, Mr Fellows said many had already shared their "happy memories" of Mr Altoft across social media and a memorial ride would soon be organised. 

EARLIER: FELLOW traffic controllers have offered their condolences after one of their own was hit and killed by a car on the Bruce Hwy last night.

Ken Altoft, 56, was on traffic control duty of the highway between Forest Glen and the Sunshine Coast Motorway when he was fatally hit by a car around midnight.

Sunshine Coast man Ken Altoft was killed overnight while working as a traffic controller on the Bruce Hwy at Tanawha.
Sunshine Coast man Ken Altoft was killed overnight while working as a traffic controller on the Bruce Hwy at Tanawha. Contributed


Work has been cancelled today out of respect.

The Traffic Controllers Queensland Facebook page was inundated with condolences for Mr Altoft and a cycling event, Too Moo, that he was a part of has posted a tribute.

Keith Stokes: "My condolences to his family and also to his co workers on site that night, such a shocking situation to have to deal with."

Chris Swain: "Thoughts and condolences to all concerned."


Rodney Kelly: "I hate it when something like this happens in the industry my depest [sic] condolences and regards to tcs [sic] family and work mates."

Debra Sherack: "Condolence to family and friends so sad."

The Department of Transport and Main Roads has been contacted for comment and police investigations are continuing.

Leave your own tributes in the comments below. 



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