Family mourns truckie's death
THE family of Andrew Saxelby yesterday remembered him as a good bloke who loved his family and his job as they tried to come to grips with why he wasn't coming home.
Andrew Saxelby, 47, was killed after the truck loaded with vegetables he was driving overturned on the Gateway Motorway early Saturday.
Yesterday, his 19-year-old son Reece Saxelby spoke on behalf of his devastated mother Kerri at the family home in Lowood.
“We were all pretty devastated when we found out. As expected, mum's a wreck,” Mr Saxelby said.
“It happened at 5.30am and the police were here a couple of hours later.
“He was on his way back from Bowen. He only had one more drop-off and then he was going to his grand-daughter's first birthday party.
“Dad's been a truck driver for 28 years and he's been pretty trouble-free, just a couple of little accidents here and there.
“He was a top bloke, you know.
“He loved his family, his mates were the world to him, he loved his job, he loved his trucks.
“He took a lot of pride in his job; he was a professional.”
Mr Saxelby said he lived with his parents in Lowood while his brother Ricky, who was married, lived in Brisbane.
He was aware police were investigating reports that a man stopped at the scene of his father's crash and stole pumpkins and other produce.
Police yesterday called on anyone with information about a man driving a silver Holden Commodore ute at the crash site to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
However, Mr Saxelby said he and his family had more than that to worry about.
“It's a pretty low act I suppose. It doesn't really show any consideration to the victim,” he said.
“We haven't really talked that much about it. We're just concentrating on what happened with Andrew.
“We're not too angry but if you came across that person you'd want to have a word to them, wouldn't you?
“The fruit stealing isn't as important as someone dying.
“A family has lost one of its members and his passing is going to affect a lot of people.
“He knew a lot of people around town.
“He was good mates with everyone.”