Eyre Highway, SA: Three people including Neville ‘Slim’ Mugridge feared be dead after two-way truck collision

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Three people are feared to be dead following a serious two-way truck crash that shut down a major highway in South Australia.

Social media has been flooded with tributes for well known truck driver and grandfather Neville ‘Slim’ Mugridge, who has been identified as a victim of the horrific crash on the Eyre Highway at Yalata on Thursday.

Emergency crews rushed to reports of a head-on crash on the highway, that occurred about 27 km west of Yatala, at about 6.45am.

It is now understood all three people involved in the crash were killed after both trucks burst into flames.

Loved ones have taken to social media to share touching tributes in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Smithfield Sports and Social Club shared a picture of Mr Mugridge, who has been remembered as a beloved member of the local community and described as an “absolute legend”.

“Rip mate,” the post wrote.

“I still can’t believe he is gone,” one friend said.

“One of the good ones gone tonight rest peacefully old mate you will never be forgotten,” a person wrote.

Another said: “Rip Slim, you legend. Gonna miss them good old chats and advice you used to give us young lads. True legend and man lost today, heart goes out to your family and friends.”

Perth-based business The Kleening Zone also issued a touching tribute to the grandfather.

The business described him as “the most loyal, humble and genuine man”.

After Thursday’s horror crash the Eyre Highway, the only road link between Perth and Adelaide, was shut until Friday.

Motorists said nothing could be done as the trucks burst into flames.

A number of trucks banked up behind road closures have been told to make arrangements for alternative travel or accommodation.

“All trucks should park at Yalata or other major service stations,” police said on Thursday morning.

“Please be patient while crews attend the scene.”

South Australia Police are continuing to investigate the collision.

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