The road transport industry is mourning the loss of much-loved tow truck driver Steve Latimer who was tragically killed, along with another driver, in a two truck crash at Wowan today.
Latimer was Clayton’s Towing’s area manager for many years and a real icon in the Rockhampton area, his employer said in a Facebook post.
“Today we lost a Father, a mate, a very valued employee and a genuine good guy.
“He was a family man, who would always go the extra yard helping others on the road in their time of need, he had a heart of gold.
“He was the man everyone went to when they needed local knowledge, always had his finger on the pulse. Our condolences go out to Steve’s family, friends and fellow staff members, he will be sadly missed in the Clayton’s family.”
Industry luminary Di Carroll, who was widely lauded for setting up the transport support service Trans-Help, also posted a tribute to Latimer under the heading Heart of Gold.
“In life we meet people, they come and they go, but some remain very dear to your heart.
“One such person was Steve Latimer, who became a dear colleague and friend during our Trans-Help Journey. He was down to earth, heart of gold with a charismatic nature. Tragically Steves life was lost today in a truck accident.
“Steve and Megan were dear friends, who supported me and the foundation over the years – our contact was not often, but when we did it was to support each other.
“He was a very charitable person, raise funds for many organisations, including CQ Convoy.
“He was a loving and loved partner of Megan, adored his kids and besotted with his grandkids.
“His work, was his life, he not only done recovery, he became a counsellor, and a life long friend to so many drivers and companies over the years. He will be remembered by the trucking industry as that genuine bloke with a heart of gold!
“My sincere condolences and love goes out to Megan, all their children, grandchildren and extended family and friends.
“Know I am here for you
“Love and strength to you all”
A Queensland Police media statement said preliminary investigations indicate two trucks, a white pantech delivery truck and a flat-bed tow truck, were travelling in opposite directions on the Leichhardt Highway when they collided in the vicinity of Mullers Road at around 8:15am.
Investigators are appealing for witnesses, especially those with dashcam vision to come forward, including those who may have seen the two vehicles travelling on the Leichardt Highway in the vicinity of Wowan in the lead up to the crash.
Quote this reference number: QP2200267785.