Crash victim ‘just starting to get feet on ground’

UPDATE: Daniel Hoefler was a man about to start his life again with a beloved partner and young son.

Back in Dalby to pack up and move to be with his young family, Mr Hoefler, 36, was tragically killed in a single-vehicle crash early morning.

Emergency services arrived at the scene of the crash about 4.20am on a slight bend on the Dalby Cooyar Rd to find the young father's car embedded in a tree.

Despite the best efforts of first responders, Mr Hoefler died at the scene.

His father, Daniel Hoefler, has remembered his son as a hard worker who "loved people, loved his work" and would be missed in the tight-knit community of Dalby.

He leaves behind a two-year-old son Zeb, a loving partner and an extended family network in Dalby.

"He was just starting to get his feet on the ground," Mr Hoefler said of his son.

"He had been working on big mine sites and for BHP, working at Blackwater (and) travelled around a lot.

"He has been there and done everything and was just starting to level out a bit."

A qualified boiler maker and international welding inspector, Mr Hoefler said his son had been in Dalby for the past three months clearing out his home and preparing to rent it out.

"He'd been giving Camel Tanks a hand delivering tanks since being back," Mr Hoefler said.

"He loved it, to get away from welding and do something different.

"(He) always loved everything. Loved people, loved his work.

"He took his work to heart, that's for sure.

"If you had to work eight hours, he'd do nine. He was that kind of person."

Mr Hoefler said his son had gone to school in Dalby before moving away to finish an apprenticeship in a career that helped him travel around for work.

Describing the heartbreaking news today as "too soon, too sudden", Mr Hoefler said his son's friends and family in Dalby were still coming to grips with the tragedy.

"He's got heaps of friends in town that he grew up with (and) loves coming back to Dalby and seeing them, that's for sure," he said.

He said the family, still in shock at the news, will be making funeral arrangements in the coming days.

Forensic investigations are continuing into the cause of the single-vehicle crash in which Mr Hoefler died.

Dalby man Daniel Hoefler passed away this morning after a single vehicle crash on Dalby-Cooyar Road.
Dalby man Daniel Hoefler passed away this morning after a single vehicle crash on Dalby-Cooyar Road. Facebook

2PM: Tributes are flowing for a young Dalby man killed in a crash on the town's outskirts this morning.

Daniel Hoefler, 36, died at the scene of the single vehicle crash on the Dalby Cooyar Rd.

Initial investigations suggest his vehicle, a LandCruiser station wagon, left the road and collided with a tree.

Forensic Crash Unit investigators will work to identify the cause of the crash.

Mr Hoefler's death has sent shockwaves through the Darling and Western Downs communities.

Friends and strangers have sent their condolences to Mr Hoefler's family and friends on social media this afternoon.

9.30AM: A Dalby man, 36, has been identified as the victim of a fatal crash this morning.

Initial investigations suggest the LandCruiser station wagon the man was driving hit a tree about 4.20am on the Dalby Cooyar Rd, about 15km from Dalby.

The crash occurred on a slight bend on the road in what police described as relatively open country.

Queensland Ambulance crews were called to the scene but the man, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was unable to be saved.

The man's next of kin has been notified.

A Dalby police spokesman said investigations were under way to determine the cause of crash.

He said the car would be mechanically tested as part of the investigations.

A Dalby man, 36, has died in a single vehicle crash on the Dalby Cooyar Rd about 4.20am today.
A Dalby man, 36, has died in a single vehicle crash on the Dalby Cooyar Rd about 4.20am today. 7 Local News Toowoomba

8.20AM: A man aged in his 30s has died at the scene of a single vehicle crash after his vehicle ran off the road and hit a tree.

Police report a man driving a LandCruiser station wagon died at the scene of the crash on the Dalby Cooyar Rd.

Early investigations suggest the vehicle ran off the road and hit a tree.

The cause of the crash is being investigated by the Forensic Crash Unit.

The incident was reported to authorities about 4.25am.

8AM: One person is dead and police are investigating after a single vehicle crash at Dalby this morning.

Emergency services received a report a vehicle had rolled on the Dalby-Cooyar Rd, about 15km from Dalby, at 4.32am.

Two Queensland Ambulance crews attended and assessed one person, the sole occupant of the vehicle, at the scene.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Forensic Crash Unit investigators remain at the scene.

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