Warwick mourns loss of couple in trucking accident

The wreckage from the horror crash that killed a former Warwick couple near Townsville in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The wreckage from the horror crash that killed a former Warwick couple near Townsville in the early hours of yesterday morning. Scott Radford-Chisholm

THE Warwick community is in mourning, after two former local residents were killed in a trucking accident south of Townsville early yesterday morning.

Police said initial investigations indicated the B-double truck Raylee Wilson and Jeff Sylvia were driving was travelling north on the Bruce Highway when it left the road and crashed into trees around 1am.

Miss Wilson worked at Clare's Hair Together and True Beauty from 2005 until February last year and salon owner Clare Jeffries said she would be sorely missed.

"Raylee was a mentor to a lot of the girls here," Mrs Jeffries said.

"It's tragic, we'll all really miss her.

"She was a fantastic hair-dresser and a fun-loving person."

Mrs Jeffries said Raylee left to work in trucking.

"It was a dream of hers to go trucking with her long-time partner Jeff," she said.

"The only thing you can say is that at least they died doing what they loved.

"They were a couple that loved life and their trucking."

Mr Sylvia did some farm work in Warwick before the couple moved away to fulfil their dream.

The couple were together since their teens, and moved to Warwick from northern New South Wales.

"I only just saw them on Tuesday night," Anita Morris, who worked alongside Miss Wilson at the salon, said.

"To say that they were both fun would be an understatement.

"They both just loved life and did what they wanted to do.

"Jeff was a ball of fun in the right way - he was hilarious and could make the worst day good.

"I'm really going to miss them both."

Mrs Morris described Miss Wilson and Mr Sylvia as great friends of her and her husband.

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