Tex Rehe's death a 'sad loss' for road transport

By: Greg Bush


A 23-year-old man has been charged with 12 offences following an accident which killed transport identity Tex Rehe and two members of his family

Tex Rehe, a popular trucking identity in the Albury-Wodonga area, died on May 3 following a head-on crash on the Maroondah Highway, near Merton. Rehe’s wife Robyn and his sister Suzanne also died.

Rehe’s 12-year-old daughter Abbie and 76-year-old grandmother survived the accident and were taken to hospitals in Melbourne.

Rehe and his family, driving in a Volkswagen Golf,
collided with a silver-coloured sedan travelling in the opposite direction at 11.30am. Four men in their 20s travelling in the sedan all survived, although two, including the driver, were taken to hospital with neck and abdominal injuries. Skid marks indicate the silver sedan had crossed onto the wrong side of the road.

Rehe’s Wodonga-based company, Rehe and Sons Express Haulage, was well known for specialising in show freight, including major musical acts.

Australian Trucking Association vice-chairman Doug McMillan of Albury-based D&P Haulage says the deaths are a sad loss.

"He’s got a fairly large family too, it’s going to be sad for them," McMillan says.

"I'm just a bit concerned about who would take over the business, because I don't think there's anyone there that could do that, which means it’s a sad event for the trucking industry."

A 23-year-old man has been charged with 12 offences following the accident, including three of culpable driving and three of dangerous driving causing death.

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