Farm­ers in trib­ute to truck crash pair

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - CHRIS CALCINO

TABLE­LANDS farm­ers paused for a mo­ment’s si­lence as a mark of re­spect to two truck drivers killed in a headon crash on the Kennedy Hwy.

FNQ Grow­ers pres­i­dent Joe Moro said the crowd paid trib­ute to the men’s fam­i­lies dur­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s annual gala din­ner in Ma­reeba on Fri­day night.

“It’s been a shock to ev­ery­one in Ma­reeba,” he said.

“In the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try, we use trucks on a reg­u­lar ba­sis so it re­ally hit home.

“See­ing a per­son lose their life and not be able to go home to their fam­ily, it’s tragic.”

In­n­is­fail man Chris Kurz has been iden­ti­fied as one of the drivers.

The iden­tity of the other man, also be­hind the wheel of a Blen­ner’s Trans­port truck, has not yet been made pub­lic.

Mr Moro said the deaths had steeled the re­gion’s re­solve to get road up­grades be­yond just the Ku­randa Range.

“We need more pass­ing lanes on the road be­tween Ma­reeba and Ku­randa it­self,” he said.

“What hap­pened last week was a tragedy but there have been a num­ber of other ac­ci­dents as well.”

Po­lice are call­ing for wit­nesses to Thurs­day’s crash or any­body with rel­e­vant dash­cam footage or in­for­ma­tion to con­tact the Cairns Foren­sic Crash Unit on 4030 7174.


TRAGIC: The truck crash on the Kennedy High­way that killed two men.

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