Thanks for your sup­port

‘Dad would have been blown away’

Big Rigs - - DRIVER TRIBUTE - James Gra­ham James.Gra­ham@bi­grigs.com.au

DAY-BY-DAY, hour-by-hour. That’s how Carla Collins, the dev­as­tated daugh­ter of Chris Kurz, says she’s learn­ing to cope with the tragic loss of her beloved dad.

Chris, or just ‘Kurzy’ to his many mates, was one of the two Blen­ners Trans­port driv­ers who trag­i­cally lost their lives dur­ing a head-on crash on the Kennedy High­way in Far North Queens­land last month.

The name of the other Blen­ners driver had yet to be re­leased be­fore dead­line.

Carla said the one sav­ing grace had been the over­whelm­ing sup­port of her dad’s friends and the truck­ing com­mu­nity in gen­eral.

Hun­dreds turned out for his In­n­is­fail ser­vice, re­gal­ing her with so many heart-warm­ing sto­ries that con­tinue to pro­vide com­fort as in­ves­ti­ga­tors search for an­swers.

“We’re sur­rounded by so many peo­ple that meant so much to him,” Carla said.

“He would have been blown away by how many peo­ple were at his ser­vice.”

She said her dad loved life and he def­i­nitely lived it.

“His laugh was unique and so in­fec­tious. He had an enor­mous per­son­al­ity and so many peo­ple have de­scribed him as be­ing larger than life.”

In his younger days, Carla said Chris had a pas­sion for mo­tor­bikes and was an Aus­tralian En­duro Cham­pion. He was also the first Aus­tralian Goanna-pulling cham­pion.

“He was al­ways very de­ter­mined and when he put his mind to some­thing he al­ways achieved it,” she said.

“Dad loved liv­ing on his small cat­tle prop­erty with mum [they started dat­ing at 13 years of age], with his dogs and horses.

“My brother and I have two chil­dren each and he spent ev­ery chance he could with them.

“He was con­stantly getting into mis­chief with them and would have ev­ery­one laugh­ing.

“Dad al­ways felt safe driv­ing Blen­ners ve­hi­cles and of­ten ex­pressed an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the trans­port com­pany that he was never pres­sured into com­pro­mis­ing safety to get a delivery on time.

“We are look­ing for an­swers but we have been sup­ported im­mensely by Blen­ners Trans­port and we have trust in their in­ves­ti­ga­tions, as well as the NHVR and the team of po­lice foren­sics to gather the data they need to, to con­duct their jobs.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LO­CAL LEG­END: Chris Kurz, pic­tured with wife An­nette, was adored by so many in Far North Queens­land.

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