Porirua truck driver killed in crash named

Last updated 14:00 09/11/2012
Crash scene
MAURICE COSTELLO/Fairfax NZ

FATAL: The crash scene at Waihohonu Stream, on State Highway 1.

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A truck driver who died after the unit he was driving crashed on the Desert Road yesterday morning has been named by his family as Dave Budge.

Mr Budge's niece, Jacinda Kirtlan, described her uncle as a committed lifelong truckie.

Mr Budge was driving for Mainfreight when his southbound truck crashed down a riverbank about 4.30am on Thursday morning, 25 kilometres south of Turangi.

"All his friends knew him as Budgie. He was a through and through truckie," Mrs Kirtlan said.

Mr Budge hailed originally from Titahi Bay and lived his life in the Wellington region with his partner.

Family members had gathered in Turangi to be as close as possible to Mr Budge following the accident.

"'Keep on truckin' was a favourite saying of his," Mrs Kirtlan said.

She said the family was in a state of shock and plans had yet to be finalised for a funeral service in Wellington.

"As a family we want to thank Mainfreight, the police and his truck-driving mates. Everyone has been fantastic to us," Mrs Kirtlan said.

Police divers spent most of Thursday afternoon searching beneath and around the wreckage of the 20-tonne unit for Mr Budge.

Swift swirling currents and narrow channels beneath the Waihohonu Stream bridge made earlier searches for Mr Budge's body difficult. 

Contact Tim Donoghue
General reporter
Email: tim.donoghue@dompost.co.nz

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