Truck driver killed in horror crash a loved family man
THE truck driver killed in a horrific crash south of Pittsworth had only weeks earlier returned from a trip of a lifetime with his wife of 30 years.
Roger Mark Batchelor, 62, known to everyone as Mark, was an experienced truck driver and operator.
His devastated wife Edwina Batchelor said she would forever treasure the memories the two shared on a cruise through the Mediterranean last month.
"Mark was a very caring person and he had a great sense of humour," Mrs Batchelor said.
"He will be missed so much by our friends and family.
"He was such a wonderful man."
The couple met in Goondiwindi soon after Mrs Batchelor moved to the town in 1981.
They married in 1985 and shared a life of good memories and a relationship built on love.
Mr Batchelor had proudly been a truck driver since earning his license when he was about 18 years old, Mrs Batchelor said.
He had worked for Lowes Petroleum Service for about 20 years.
Over the 30 years they were married, they saw Mr Batchelor's four children grow up.
But it was the trip of a lifetime through the Mediterranean that Mrs Batchelor will hold dear.
"We had just had the most wonderful holiday and went on a cruise," she said.
"He loved it - we got back on August 6.
"We went from Barcelona to Venice - it was a trip of a lifetime.
"I've got some really wonderful memories from it."
Investigations into the cause of the crash are continuing.
One lane of the Gore Hwy remains closed as the scene is cleared and decontaminated due to the extensive diesel spill from the tanker.
Darling Downs District Country Patrol and Support Services Acting Inspector Scott Stahlhut said decontamination works continued until nightfall yesterday and would resume this morning.
"Police and emergency services, and contractors, acknowledge the inconvenience this process is causing to motorists and transport operators given the Gore Hwy is a major arterial route," he said.
"However, the focus remains on ensuring that no contamination remains at the crash scene.
"Understandably, for this process to run its course, it does take a substantial amount of time and effort."