Moving tributes from across the country have poured in for a “loyal” and “bloody hard-working driver” killed in a crash in Western Australia’s Pilbara region on Tuesday.
Graeme “Dusty” Brown was behind the wheel of a heavy recovery tow truck being driven north on Great Northern Hwy in Marble Bar when it left the roadway and rolled just before 10am, police said.
Authorities raced to the crash site, which is about 1500km northeast of Perth, but Brown, 75, could not be saved.
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Swan Towing Service broke the news of his death on social media, saying they were shattered by the death of the “one and only” Brown.
“Dusty was our Newman driver and he was killed (on Tuesday) morning in Marble Bar in a vehicle accident doing the job that he loved,” the company said.
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“Dusty was a loyal, bloody hard-working driver. Nothing was too hard or too much trouble. He was a true Pilbara legend.
“Our sincere heartfelt condolences to Dusty’s family and the many people that called him their friend.
“Dusty touched the lives of so many in the Pilbara and beyond.
“RIP Dusty — you will be truly missed by so many.”
Graeme Brown, left, was killed in a crash in Marble Bar on Tuesday, sparking a wave of tributes. Credit: Facebook
The company’s tribute attracted hundreds of comments, many from people whom Brown had helped in recent times.
“Dusty was a great guy and a true legend in the Pilbara,” one commenter said.
“He just helped us out the other week and was professional and nothing was too hard. This has rocked us all.”
Another posted a picture with the towie and said he had come “to ou0r rescue after we spent a long Pilbara night on the side of the road”.
The Hillview Speedway in Newman described Brown as “one in a million”, saying he was “never shy of a conversation or a laugh”.
One mourner shared how they were having a quiet drink in honour of the late driver.
“Cheers Dusty. All the way from Melbourne,” they posted.
Brown had been towing a garbage truck at the time of the crash, and Major Crash investigators are now piecing together what triggered the tragedy.
Police are hopeful other motorists who saw him in the lead-up to the crash and others with dashcam video will contact authorities.
“We do not know any information at this stage and would appreciate that assumptions are not made as to what may have occurred,” Swan Towing Service added in their post.
“The police investigation will uncover the answers that everyone is seeking.”