Tributes flow for father killed in Warrego Highway smash
UPDATE: A DARLING Downs community is mourning the loss of a young father after a horror crash west of Toowoomba.
Mervyn Newlands, 28, died at the scene of the crash about 5km east of Jondaryan on the Warrego Highway about 1130pm on Tuesday.
He was driving a Mitsubishi Triton dual-cab ute east when it crossed into the path of an oncoming prime mover.
The empty B-double cattle truck, heading west, was struck head on, police said.
The 68-year-old Roma man who was driving the truck was not physically injured in the incident.
Country Patrol Group Inspector Danny Shaw said the crash was a tragedy.
"It is a tragedy to see someone so young has lost their life in a traffic incident," he said.
"That loss of potential. At 28, you're only starting out at life."
Investigations into the horrific crash are continuing with the Forensic Crash Unit to probe all possible causes for the fatality.
It is the fifth death on the region's roads for the year, up from two for the same period last year.
Mr Newlands has been remembered as a loving father and son, a hard worker and a good mate.
The Captains Mountain and wider Millmerran community has shared tributes to Mr Newlands on social media.
"Going to miss you bud but we will never forget you," a friend wrote on Facebook.
"Rip mate you will be dearly missed in the community," wrote another.
Police have appealed for any witnesses or motorists with dashcam footage to come forward.
EARLIER: A MAN has died in a collision between a truck and ute on the Warrego Highway west of Toowoomba last night.
Police are investigating the horror smash which occurred about 5km east of Jondaryan.
Initial investigations suggest the ute and a prime mover with two trailers collided on the Warrego Highway about 11.30pm.
The 28-year-old driver of the ute, a man from Captains Mountain, died at the scene of the crash.
The 68-year-old male driver, from Roma, of the prime mover was not physically injured.
Queensland Ambulance paramedics assessed the man at the scene but he did not require transport to hospital, the service said.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the fatality, and have appealed for any witnesses to the incident, or motorists with relevant dashcam footage, to come forward.