A phone call to break the heart

The wreckage from a two-truck accident north of Rockhampton on Wednesday.
The wreckage from a two-truck accident north of Rockhampton on Wednesday. Nat Bromhead

TELLING a young man his father had died was not something Greg Thurtell imagined himself doing.

The branch manager of McAleese Transport in Rockhampton was faced with that difficult task after a 60-year-old truck driver working for him died in a crash on Wednesday.

The man was driving one of the company's trucks when it collided with another truck on the Bruce Hwy near Ilbilbie, 260km north of Rockhampton.

Greg said he broke the terrible news to the man's son over the phone.

His employee, whose name has not been released by police, was survived by two sons and a grandchild, all living in Brisbane.

Greg said the man had only worked with them for four months, but he was well-liked.

"He was a gentleman," he said.

"He was old school, came to work and went home. He never caused a fuss. It's just a tragedy."

Greg said the man was due to drive his personal vehicle to Brisbane to pick up his partner from the airport on Wednesday night, after she returned from medical training in New Zealand.

The man told Greg his partner was starting work at a private practice when they returned to Rockhampton.

His age and hometown were incorrectly reported yesterday after The Morning Bulletin was given incorrect information.

The driver of the other truck was taken to hospital and was released yesterday morning.

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