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Police investigate hit-and-run death of footballer

UPDATE: THE Toowoomba rugby league fraternity is in shock after the death of one its most gutsy players.

Simon Sweeney was killed after he was struck by a vehicle while he was walking along the Warrego Highway early Sunday morning.

The 27-year-old father was a devoted Southern Suburbs Tigers' player.

EARLIER: A 27-YEAR-OLD man has been found dead on the Warrego Hwy after what appears to be a hit-and-run.

The man was found on the highway at 3.50am yesterday.

A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman said the initial investigations of the incident suggested he was hit by a vehicle.

However, police were unsure as to what the man was doing on the highway in the early hours of the morning.

Witnesses said the man had been seen on the middle of the road.

The QPS spokeswoman said a truck had been seized at the Toowoomba PCYC markets yesterday morning after it was alleged to be linked to the incident.

The Warrego Hwy was closed in both directions with diversions in place for several hours after the man's body had been found.

The highway reopened just after 8am yesterday.

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone who may have any information about the incident can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.



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