OFFICIALS have confirmed Clayton Buckland, 19, as the teen who died in a car crash at Eungella in the Tweed shire on Wednesday.
Mr Buckland was an apprentice plasterer with Coastline Building Services and a keen storm-chaser.
He would have turned 20 in December.
A Facebook page in Mr Buckland's honour was created that afternoon with friends sharing their grief and expressing their condolences for the former Murwillumbah High School student.
My Daily News readers also began leaving tributes yesterday.
Police investigations are continuing.
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CRASH investigators are considering whether speed was a factor in the crash that claimed the life of Clayton Buckland.
Detective Senior Constable Phil Priest of Ballina Crash Investigation Unit said while investigations are continuing, initial reports suggested Mr Buckland may have been attempting to overtake another vehicle when the car he was driving left the road and hit a tree, killing him and injuring two passengers about 8.25am.
Det Snr Const Priest confirmed the section of Tyalgum Rd where the crash occured was marked with a double line and had limited visibility.
"Speed may have been a factor," Det Snr Const Priest said.
"The investigation is ongoing but the car has been removed from the scene."
It took emergency services almost half an hour to free a 16-year-old girl from the car before she was taken to Tweed Hospital with the third occupant of the car, a 17-year-old girl who had managed to free herself.
Both girls had non-life-threatening injuries.
The accident occured about 2km west of Hidden Valley Rd and forced the closure of Tyalgum Rd for most of Wednesday morning.
THE STORM CHASER
Here Clayton tells Daily News readers of his passion for chasing storms in two reports.
Story 1: By thunder this chase is sky high
DID YOU KNOW CLAYTON?
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A tribute received via email, from Brooke:
My step sister and I were one of the first at the scene of this accident... The two girls are close friends of ours! I just want to say R.I.P Clayton, my love and thoughts go out to your family <3
A tribute received via email, from Sue, Nichola, Toni and Patrick:
RIP Claytie. You were a great friend to my son when you were both at Tyalgum School. Such a nice, good and considerate kid. A true credit to your parents. Our thoughts are with you now Wendy, Chris, Yasmin and Jade and your family.
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