Police place a tarpaulin over the upturned car until the Ballina crash investigation unit arrived.
Police place a tarpaulin over the upturned car until the Ballina crash investigation unit arrived. Tweed Daily News

Fatal highway crash

GOLD Coast champion swimmer Meagen Nay was on the other side of the world when she found out her brother had been killed in a road crash near Tweed Heads.

Her 28-year-old brother Amos Nay died instantly when his Toyota Hilux smashed into a sign at the side of the Pacific Highway about 10.20am, Saturday.

Emergency services rushed to the site of the crash and paramedics quickly pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Eventually a special police crash investigation unit arrived from Ballina. Traffic was backed up for kilometres in the highway's north-bound lane.

It was then the grisly job of firefighters and the Tweed District Rescue Squad to cut the body free and clean up the debris strewn in the surrounding area.

Tweed Heads police inspector Jim Kain said the white Toyota Hilux left the road and rolled numerous times before it hit the sign and Mr Nay, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was killed instantly.

Kingscliff police officers, with the aid of the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit, were yesterday working on the report to hand to the coroner.

Insp Kain wouldn't speculate on reasons behind the crash, but said police were talking to a number of witnesses in their investigations.

According to Tweed Heads Senior Firefighter Adam Westerman there was spill from the box trailer in to a nearby creek.

A boat was launched and the firefighters and Tweed District Rescue Squad (TDRS) worked together to clear the waterway and surrounding area of debris.

Meagen was given the bad news from her coach Michael Bohl, but decided to contest the heats of the 4x100m freestyle relay on at the World Championships in Rome yesterday for the sake of her teammates.

Meagen's mother Karen, sisters Jess and Fiona, and step-father Peter Milburn all travelled from around the world to be in Rome to watch her race.

The tragic circumstances are a bitter memory for the Nay family, after father Robbie was killed in 1992 also in a car accident on the Gold Coast.

Australian head coach Alan Thompson addressed the team on Saturday evening prior to the Dolphins starting their world titles campaign.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with Meagen during this difficult time,” Thompson in a statement.

“We ask that everyone respects her privacy and that of her family at this time.”



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