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Relatives of a soldier killed in horror truck crash plead to be let into Queensland for funeral

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Grieving relatives of soldier killed in horror truck crash banned from state for burial

  • Interstate relatives of soldier who lost his life ask for exemption to attend funeral
  • Craftsman Brendon Payne died Monday when a truck overturned near Townsville
  • Craftsman Payne’s family lives in hotspots excluded from Queensland
  • They fear they will miss his funeral if he is asked to go into hotel quarantine
  • MP Phillip Thompson said he is willing to do whatever it takes for the family to attend










Relatives of a soldier who died when a truck overturned south of Townsville are pleading with the Queensland government for an exemption from attending his funeral.

Craftsman Brendon Payne died along with Petty Officer Second Class Ryan Leslie when their vehicle overturned on a public road near the Townsville Field Training Area Monday.

Relatives in COVID-19 hotspots are seeking exemption to attend Craftsman Payne’s funeral, but Queensland has a hard border with NSW, the ACT and Victoria banning travelers from those areas.

Relatives of craftsman Brendon Payne, who lost his life in a lorry overturned near Townsville, have pleaded with the Queensland government to allow him to attend his funeral

“You just can’t believe it, it’s just so mind-boggling,” Denise, Craftsman Payne’s NSW-based grandmother, told Nine Network on Friday.

“I think it would be very, very hard… knowing he was buried and we couldn’t be there.

“Please Annastacia (Palaszczuk) do you want my daughter and I to come to Queensland for my grandson’s funeral.”

Craftsman Payne’s grandmother and his Aunt Leanne say they have been fully vaccinated and would travel directly from Newcastle to Brisbane to minimize the risk to the community.

Interstate relatives living in Covid-19 hotspots fear they will miss Craftsman Payne's funeral if asked to go into hotel quarantine

Interstate relatives living in Covid-19 hotspots fear they will miss Craftsman Payne’s funeral if asked to go into hotel quarantine

They fear they will miss the funeral altogether if they are asked to go into hotel quarantine.

“We’re not asking to go on vacation, we just want to bury our boy. We don’t ask to go and stop at restaurants, meals and stop everywhere,” Leanne said.

Meanwhile, Herbert’s federal member Phillip Thompson has personally offered to drive the family from the border to the funeral and back, then quarantine for two weeks.

Mr Thompson, a veteran of the defense, says he is willing to do anything to get the family to the funeral.

Federal member for Herbert, Phillip Thompson, has personally offered to drive the family from the border to the funeral and back, then quarantine for two weeks (stock image)

Federal member for Herbert, Phillip Thompson, has personally offered to drive the family from the border to the funeral and back, then quarantine for two weeks (stock image)

“I ask the Prime Minister to grant an exemption to one of Australia’s bravest who has put himself in danger, whether here in Australia or during an operation,” he said.

“We cannot have Australian soldiers who have died tragically, their families are treated so badly.

“We ask the Prime Minister to support us and allow (the family) to travel to Queensland to bury their loved one.”

Craftsman Payne, 29, joined the military in March 2020, serving for a year and five months and serving as a member of the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Warrant Officer Leslie, 40, served 22 years and two months and was also a member of the Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Warrant Officer Leslie (pictured), 40, died along with craftsman Payne, having served in the military for 22 years and two months

Warrant Officer Leslie (pictured), 40, died along with craftsman Payne, having served in the military for 22 years and two months

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