News

Killed truck driver a "true Aussie bloke"

Emergency services at the scene of a truck crash on the Warrego Hwy east of Oakey.
Emergency services at the scene of a truck crash on the Warrego Hwy east of Oakey.

KINGSTHORPE man Leo Patrick Ryan spent his final moments talking about his family before he died after his concrete truck rolled near Oakey.

Mr Ryan, 56, was travelling west on the Warrego Hway when he came across traffic which was banked up due to another crash on Tuesday afternoon.

Police said he braked heavily and his fully-laden truck left the road, hit an embankment and rolled about 2.20pm.

Friends, strangers and crash witnesses flooded the Queensland Police Facebook page with comments.

Nadia Gorringe posted she was in a car directly in front of Mr Ryan's truck.

She said if Mr Ryan had not steered his truck off the road it would have hit her family's car. She spoke with him after the crash.

"We spoke for what seemed a lifetime but was only a little while," she wrote.

"You worried about how I was over your own safety.

"You saved my family with a selfless act which cost you your own life. You will forever be in my heart and head. RIP Leo our hero."

Friend Hannah Small shared her memories of Mr Ryan on the police website.

"This man was a very close friend to myself and my family," she wrote.

"His sense of humour and personality was the light of the party. (He was a) true Aussie bloke at heart who loved his family and friends very much."

Police said he drove for Clifton Sand and Gravel.




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

WATCH: Police release footage of armed robbery

Police release CCTV footage

Staff not injured as a result of the robbery.

Learn to empower business with guest speaker

Damian Morgan will exchange ideas with some of Ipswich's business leaders during a series of free seminars he will be holding at the Ipswich Civic Centre on Wednesday June 15.

Damian Morgan to speak at business leaders seminar

Human remains found in Laidley

Darrell Simon (File pic from 2005). Photo: Michelle Smith / The Queensland Times

Skeletal remains were found on the weekend

Latest deals and offers

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 5

Officers drag the woman back to her cell

In this video the woman drinks water from the toilet.

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 4

In this video the woman asks for water as the tap in the room is broken

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 3

In this video police continue their search and male officers are present despite...

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked

Caloundra’s former Centrepoint Buffet site up for sale

FOR SALE: The home of the old Centrepoint Buffet

Restaurant fined for unhygienic practices closed months ago