MARANOA Animal Rescue volunteer Ewart Davies was on his way home when his car collided with a B-double truck and burst into flames.
The 60-year-old man was killed about 4pm Friday when his utility was overturned after the collision and ignited at the intersection of Toowoomba-Karara Rd and Clifton-Pittsworth Rd, south-west of Toowoomba.
Passing motorists attempted to rescue him from the wreck before it exploded.
The crash happened, coincidentally, on Fatality Free Friday.
Close family member Arnette Tighe, who started the Maranoa Animal Rescue group, said she was waiting for Ewart to come home but the headlights that approached on Friday night belonged to the police.
"I ran inside because I got the feeling they were going to say it and I didn't want to hear it," she said.
"At first I thought he was still alive; I said I would go to pick him up."
Ewart lived in Nimbin, New South Wales, however he owned a home in Mitchell and was often in the Maranoa both for work and volunteering.
"It has hit our family extremely hard - he was very close to my children and grandchildren," Ms Tighe said.
"Now they are having lots of problems getting their heads around that fire."
When Ewart wasn't working, he would donate his time to the Maranoa Animal Rescue.
He helped deliver abandoned animals to their new homes across the Maranoa.
Ms Tighe said the 60-year-old "workaholic was loved by everyone".
"He was a quiet, respectful man who still tipped his hat to ladies," she said. "Ewart was old-fashioned, conservative but one of the most hard-working and beautiful people you could ever meet.
"He was always the person who patted the dog or talked to the sheep at your place."
Ms Tighe plans to split Ewart's ashes with his brother in New Zealand. He will be laid to rest on a beach where he grew up and in the outback.
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