PICTURED: Little boy, 3, killed after his father lost control of their ute in a massive storm and crashed into a boulder
- Three-year-old boy killed killed in a tragic accident on Sunday afternoon
- Archie Byrnes sat in the back seat of an ute, who came down the road during a storm
- Archie's father Luke, 24, survived the crash and was released from the hospital
- The rugby league community in Tamworth has gathered around Mr. Byrnes
- The Australian Deputy Prime Minister has urged drivers to take care of the road
Kylie Stevens for Daily Mail Australia
A close community in rural New South Wales has gathered around the broken parents of a small boy who died in a tragic accident.
Archie Byrnes, 3, was sitting in the backseat of his father Luke Byrne when he lost control at the New England Highway in Moonbi at Tamworth in the north-east of NSW on Sunday afternoon.
Byrnes, 24, drove through a storm when his ute turned off the road and collided with trees and a boulder.
Archie Byrnes (middle) died after his father Luke lost control of his ute during a storm near Tamworth. This photo was posted Monday by Archie's mother Sammy McAlpine
Archie died on the spot, despite desperate attempts from emergency services.
He and his father were on their way home from visiting friends 236 kilometers away in Dorrigo when the tragedy happened, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Archie's mourning mother Sammy McAlpine did not speak any words when she posted a photo of Archie with her and his father on Facebook on Monday.
I love you, my heart longs for you both, & # 39; noticed a friend.
Another added: & # 39; This is overwhelming. & # 39;
Mr. Byrnes was flown with non-life-threatening injuries to Tamworth Hospital and has since been released from the hospital.
The tight rugby competition in Tamworth has done a rally around Mr. Byrnes, who plays Reserve Grade for North Tamworth Bears in the Group 4 competition.
Archie Byrnes (photo) was described by his aunt as always happy and the life of the family
Young Archie was a regular spectator in the Bears games to see his father play.
"They are so" children-oriented "that will make this so difficult," the president of North Tamworth Bears, Jodie Cooper, told The Daily Telegraph.
& # 39; Everyone worries (Mr Byrnes). & # 39;
The aunt of Mr. Byrnes, Rose Wadwell, added: "Luke was the best father and very proud of his son. We are very unpacked – we can not understand it. & # 39;
Luke Byrnes loved spending time with his young son Archie, 3, (pictured together)
The sister of Mr. Byrnes, Sara described her cousin as the life of the family and always happy.
Crash investigation Unit officers continue their research.
A report will be drawn up for the coroner.
Meanwhile, Australia's vice-premier, Michael McCormack, argued with drivers to take care of the festive season when he launched the Christmas campaign of the Christmas Foundation of the Australian Road Safety Foundation on Monday.
The campaign contains 91 stockings for each of people were killed on the roads of the nation during the last period of Christmas / New Year.
Luke Byrnes, 24, drove through a storm when his ute turned off the road at Tamworth
With this Christmas we want Australians to take your time on the road, drive to the conditions and make sure you travel safely to and from vacation, tweet Mr McCormack.
& # 39; One traffic death is one too many. It is so important that we all remember that we take our time, share driving and drive safely to ensure that we can safely travel to and from our Christmas holidays in the coming weeks. & # 39;
More than 1180 people have already died on national roads this year.
& # 39; So there will be 1180 places during Christmas lunches that are not filled this year. How sad is that, & # 39; Mr Today & # 39; s The Today Show, Mr. McCormack Channel Nine.
& # 39; Keep to the speed limits. Slow down where there is roadwork. Make sure you do not use your mobile phone. And just plan ahead. Make sure you stay calm, stay patient and come home sooner. & # 39;
The father and son were on their way home from visiting friends when the tragedy struck