Partner begged her boyfriend to stop brawling with truckie moments before two men were killed

Shattered girlfriend begged her partner to stop brawling with a truckie in the middle of a major highway moments before a truck hit and killed them both as she watched in horror

  • A truck ploughed into two men on Pacific Highway on the NSW north coast
  • Father-of-two Stephen Edwards and a log truck driver died at the scene
  • The pair were brawling in the middle of the highway before the truck hit them
  • Mr Edwards' partner begged them to stop, watched on in horror as they were hit

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The partner of one of the motorists who traded blows in the middle of a highway pleaded for the two men to stop moments before they were fatally hit by a truck.

Father-of-two Stephen Edwards was driving north in his SUV with his girlfriend along the Pacific Highway near Ballina, northern New South Wales, on Monday night when he was tailgated by a log truck.

The two drivers stopped in the middle of the road and confronted each other, with their argument escalating into a fistfight in the other lane.

A truck changing lanes to avoid their vehicles crashed into them as they fought, killing both at the scene 5km south of Woodburn about 8.10pm.

It's understood Mr Edwards' partner remained in the couple's SUV parked in the middle of the road as he got out and confronted the other motorist.

She begged for the men to stop fighting and watched on in horror as a B Double truck swerved to avoid the parked cars and fatally hit her partner and another man aged in his 40s, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Mr Edwards' partner was treated at the scene for shock. 

Stephen Edwards was driving with his girlfriend when he got out of his car to confront another motorist, and was mowed down by a truck as they fought on the road

Mr Edwards is believed to have been tailgated by this log truck, whose driver was also killed when both were hit by the truck as they traded blows 

Mr Edwards, aged in his 30s, was from Grafton and had a young son and daughter.

His heartbroken father Noel Edwards paid a heartbreaking tribute to his son, along with other devastated family and friends.

'Rest In peace to a devoted father, son, brother and friend. We love and miss you forever son,' he wrote on Facebook. 

His mother Heather Edwards added: 'Love u my boy always'.

His brother Wayne commented: 'Wish it wasn't real Stephen but I do love you, never said it enough. I will always remember you miss you mate love you.'

Friends remembered Mr Edwards as a generous man with a 'big heart' who helped them get through tough times.

'You always helped everyone out, you had a massive heart, you were a true gentleman and was a pleasure to have known you in my life,' one said.

Another said: 'I'll never forget all the great times we had brother, you are a true friend, you inspired me to do better, learn more, try harder, and enjoy life.' 

It was the third fatal road accident in the area in the past week.

The winding stretch of road between Devil's Pulpit and Broadwater is being upgraded with roadwork hours extended during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Edwards is originally from Tweed Heads and may have been on his way to visit family when he was killed. 

Partner begged her boyfriend to stop brawling with truckie moments before two men were killed

Mr Edwards, aged in his 30s, was the father of two young boys and his girlfriend could only watch in horror as the truck ran him down

Partner begged her boyfriend to stop brawling with truckie moments before two men were killed

A passing truck crashed into them as they fought, killing both at the scene on the Pacific Highway in northern NSW

The truck loaded with wooden logs sits empty by the side of a lonely stretch of highway after its driver was mowed down beside it.

Richmond Police Chief Inspector Peter McKenna said the drivers did not pull over and instead stopped in the middle of the road to confront each other.

He said the driver of the truck that hit them changed lanes to pass the stopped vehicles and did not see the pair in the other lane until it was too late.

'He has seen the stationary vehicles but unfortunately didn't see the two males on the road - resulting in their fatal injuries,' he said.

'You can imagine for the officers attending that scene it would best be described as horrific.' 

The log truck was behind the SUV and is believed to have been tailgating the smaller vehicle, leading to the brawl.

Chief Inspector McKenna said drivers should pull over if another vehicle was tailgating them, instead of confronting them.

'Just pull over and contact police - there is nothing worth losing your life over,' he said on Tuesday morning.

Partner begged her boyfriend to stop brawling with truckie moments before two men were killed

This stretch of the Pacific Highway was closed for most of Tuesday night at emergency services combed through the scene 

Partner begged her boyfriend to stop brawling with truckie moments before two men were killed

The lonely piece of highway in northern NSW about 5km south of Woodburn

Partner begged her boyfriend to stop brawling with truckie moments before two men were killed

The driver of this semi-trailer carrying a load of logs is from Smiths Lake, aged in his 40s

A driver who arrived on the scene moments after the crash said he initially thought someone was having a heart attack.

'A car was parked in the middle of the road with the hazard lights on and a woman was inside crying hysterically,' he told the Daily Telegraph. 

The witness, who asked not to be named, said a truck was parked behind the car with its hazard lights flashing.

'I got out thinking she was upset because she may have got into a minor crash.

Then I found out her partner was killed metres away, and he was still under the truck,' he said.

The 35-year-old truck driver who hit the men wasn't injured but was 'hysterical'.

He was taken to Ballina Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing. 

Chief Inspector McKenna said police were reviewing dashcam footage of the crash and had the SUV driver's partner as a witness, but appealed for more information. 

A crime scene has been established and an investigation is underway to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Partner begged her boyfriend to stop brawling with truckie moments before two men were killed

Police spent Monday night and most of Tuesday scouring the scene 5km south of Woodburn

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