Beloved nurse killed after truck slammed into a parked ambulance is remembered as a ‘kind-hearted, caring’ man
- Nurse Ray Wyeth, 65, was in the back of an ambulance with an elderly patient
- They were both killed after a truck struck the ambulance near Rockhampton
- Ambulance was stationary waiting at roadworks when truck slammed into rear
- Mr Wyeth has been remembered by his community as ‘kind-hearted’ and ‘caring’
- Police are examining the vehicles involved in crash to determine the cause
A beloved nurse, who was killed in a crash while travelling in the back of an ambulance, has been remembered by his colleagues as a ‘kind-hearted’ and ‘caring’ man.
Ray Wyeth, 65, and an elderly patient he was looking after were killed on the Capricornia Highway at Stanwell near Rockhampton in Central Queensland on Monday when a B-double truck slammed into the back of the ambulance they were in while it was stopped at roadworks.
The impact forced the ambulance off the road before it rolled into a ditch.
The ambulance was travelling from Biloela to Rockhampton Hospital.
A truck slammed into a rear of a stationary ambulance, killing beloved nurse Ray Wyeth, 65, and an elderly patient in the ambulance. Pictured is the crash scene
Tributes have begun to flow in for Mr Wyeth on social media, with many from the Fraser Coast community remembering the long-serving nurse’s kind soul and devotion to his work.
Catherine Siviour wrote: ‘Ray will no doubt be missed by nursing staff at Maryborough Hospital and Hervey Bay Hospital, particularly ICY and maternity staff.’
Ms Siviour mentioned that the beloved nurse loved to travel around Australia and had worked in various roles.
‘Ray loved delivering babies, nothing was ever too much trouble for him, he just did what needed to be done wherever he worked.’
Tributes have flown in for Ray Wyeth (pictured) online, with many from the Fraser Coast nursing community remembering the long-serving nurse’s kind soul and devotion to his work
Ms Siviour noted that the Scouting community on the Fraser Coast would also feel the loss of Mr Wyeth.
‘Ray was a beautiful, kind-hearted, caring, happy, easy-going person – nothing was ever too much trouble for him,’ Ms Siviour added.
‘Ray was very much a professional and very committed to his work ethic.’
Jacqui Peterson wrote on social media that Mr Wyeth was a ‘wonderful’ colleague.
‘Such a tragedy, Ray you were a real gentleman and a wonderful nurse to work with.’
While Rachel Beresford remembered Mr Wyeth as a caring nurse who was full of knowledge.
‘Ray was a knowledgeable and caring nurse, excellent to work with and an all round good guy! What a loss! I’m so sorry he’s gone,’ she wrote.
Seven people were involved in the crash on Monday afternoon, with reports that occupants in both vehicles were trapped inside and had to be freed by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews.
Seven people were involved in the crash that happened on the Capricornia Highway (pictured) west of Rockhampton
The ambulance driver and three additional passengers were taken to hospital in a stable condition.
The truck driver aged in his 40s was airlifted to Rockhampton Hospital in a serious condition.
Forensic Crash Unit officers are investigating the fatal crash and are examining the vehicles involved to determine the cause of the incident.