Data#3 staffer killed in tunnel crash

Data#3 staffer killed in tunnel crash

Sales rep and celebrated cyclist one of three fatalities in Melbourne's Burnley Tunnel accident

Queensland-based integrator, Data#3, has extended its condolences to the family of Victorian employee and decorated Olympian, Damian McDonald, who was killed in the Burnley Tunnel accident in Melbourne last week.

McDonald had worked as a unified communications sales specialist for the integrator in its Victorian office. He had been with the company for one year. Prior to that, he worked for several telecoms companies, including Sirius, Primus, Macquarie Corporate Telecommunications and Optus. The 34-year-old was also a celebrated cyclist, who won a gold medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and represented Australia at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

He was one of three people killed in the Burnley Tunnel in Melbourne last Friday morning after seven cars and trucks collided and caught fire.

In a statement, managing director, John Grant, said McDonald was a valued member of staff who had earned the respect of his peers and customers. He described him as one of life's "great people".

"Damian was a great member of our team, and contributed to our business not only through his work performance, but in his ability to lift those around him," Grant said. "His passion was evident in everything that he did and he had shown enormous potential to grow professionally within our business. Damian's loss is immeasurable and he will be sadly missed by all."

McDonald is survived by his wife, Bree, and young son, Lachlan.

The Burnley Tunnel was reopened at about 10am Tuesday, four days after its closure.

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