Driver, 36, killed in horror B-Double crash identified

UPDATE: Dane Ballinger, the father-of-four killed in a horrific Pacific Highway truck crash, has been fondly remembered as a dedicated family man and a fine ambassador for the transport industry.

Mr Ballinger, 36, owner of Bathurst-based trucking company Ballinger Transport, died on Wednesday morning when his B-double crashed into a truck parked in a designated stopping bay on the highway near Nambucca Heads.

Bathurst-based transport company owner Dane Ballinger with his wife Danielle and children Matilda, Sam, Georgie and Lucy.
Bathurst-based transport company owner Dane Ballinger with his wife Danielle and children Matilda, Sam, Georgie and Lucy. Supplied

News of his death was shared far and wide due to his reputation and stakeholding in the transport industry.
Truckie Bruce Gunter said he was "absolutely devastated" to hear of the crash.

"He was by far one of the nicest and smoothest operators on our roads and one who has set the bar incredibly high," he said.

"Dane had class, style and his trucks and drivers were a credit to our transport industry. I'm sitting here shaking, hardly knowing how to put my feelings into words, but please know that today is a dark day as this forever smiling ambassador of the industry has left us.

"I feel for the likes of the Klos brothers and their staff and mates, who were all incredibly close to him.

"I met him around 15 years ago and we chatted at length as I turned green with envy at his achievements even back then and I've watched in admiration."

A representative from KS Black Industries in Mackay said Dane was a "true gentleman" and a truck photographer who works under the business name Gotcha By Karl spoke of the shock within the industry.

"You will be missed by many and loved by more. Thinking of the family and close friends in this hard time."
Organisers of the Casino Truck Show took to social media to honour Mr Ballinger's memory.

"Incredibly sad … RIP Dane Ballinger," their post on Facebook read.

"Condolences to all family and friends. He definitely left his mark on a lot of people."

Mr Ballinger started Ballinger Transport in Bathurst in 2004 and his death has rocked the trucking community. He has been described as a "gentleman and true ambassador of our industry".

A representative from Kerden Haulage added their condolences on Facebook in an emotional post.

"We are here if there is anything we can do, no matter what. Condolences to Danielle and her children," it read.

"Rest in peace, Dane Ballinger, you will be remembered by all as a true legend of the transport industry.

"If only more were like you, mate … you always stood proud and did not ever think you were better than anyone else.
"At this time I say to the industry, please do not let this keep happening."

THE trucking community is in shock today after an horrific crash between two B-doubles this morning left one truckie dead.

Police confirmed the deceased driver was a 36-year-old man from Bathurst, but have not formally identified him or released his name.

But several tributes have been posted on Facebook by those in the transport industry, expressing their sadness and condolences.

Driver killed in two-truck crash on Pacific Highway

Bruce Gunter was "absolutely devastated" to hear of the crash.

"He was, by far, one of the nicest and smoothest operators on our roads and one who has set the bar incredibly high," he wrote.

"He had class, style and his trucks and drivers were a credit to our transport industry. I'm sitting here shaking hardly knowing how to put my feelings into words but please know that today is a dark day as this forever smiling ambassador of the industry has left us.

"I feel for the likes of the Klos brothers and their staff and mates, who were all incredibly close to him.

"I met him around 15 years ago and we chatted at length as I turned green with envy at his achievements even back then and I've watched in admiration.

KS Black Industries from Mackay said he was a "true gentleman" and truck photographer Gotcha By Karl posted photos of the driver's truck.

"I posted these photos this morning not knowing the news we were about to hear," he wrote.

"You will be missed by many and loved by more. Thinking of the family and close friends in this hard time."

The crash happened on the Pacific Highway, north of the Nambucca interchange around 5am.

Police believe that one of the trucks was parked in a designated stopping bay on the northbound side of the highway prior to the crash.

The driver of the parked truck was not hurt.