- Scott Thompson was hit by a truck near Bungador in Victoria
- The 27-year-old from Lancashire was travelling with his girlfriend
- His family have paid tribute to a 'joker who loved life'
By Tara Brady
PUBLISHED: 11:08 GMT, 5 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:56 GMT, 5 February 2014
A former British soldier has died after his quad bike hit a lorry in Australia.
Scott Thompson, 27, from Nelson, Lancashire, was travelling around the country with his fiancée, Sami Allott.
Australian police said Mr Thompson, whose nickname was Rhino, was struck by a truck near the town of Bungador, in Victoria state, yesterday morning.
His family have paid tribute to 'a joker who loved life'.
Dead: Scott Thompson was hit by a truck while riding a quad bike in Bungador, Australia
Police said Mr Thompson, who was not believed to be wearing a crash helmet, had accidentally pulled out of a side road into the path of the lorry.
He tried to speed up to avoid a collision but was unable to stop the truck ploughing into him.
It is believed he died at the scene from multiple injuries despite efforts to save him by a doctor and nurse who happened to be passing by.
Mr Thompson's girlfriend, who was working as an au pair, was being comforted by friends.
Mr Thompson, a former student at Bradley Primary School and Colne Primet High School, worked as an upholsterer before joining the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment in 2010.
Stationed at Weeton Barracks, near Blackpool, he served as a Kingsman in Cyprus before leaving last year to go travelling with Miss Allott, from Burnley.
Love of his life: Scott Thompson and Sami Allott had been together since 2011 and left the UK last September
His other, Lynne, 54, said he was enjoying travelling with 'the love of his life'.
Speaking from the family's home in Nelson, she said: 'He had never a fear. He was born like that.
'He was working on a farm out there and we had been in touch on Facebook all the time.
'Sami rang me at half four on Tuesday, just screaming down the phone. I was gutted. I still can't believe it.
'Scott wanted us to go over there at Christmas but we couldn't make it so they promised to come back here next Christmas.
'He was a joker who loved life, loved going out with his mates, drinking, playing football. He was obsessed with the gym.
'He was a daredevil though. He thought he had nine lives.'
His sister Kirsty, 24, added: 'He was always smiling, he just had a warm face. He looked after me all the time.'
Loved life: Scott Thompson pictured on his trip around the world
Loving couple: Scott and Sami Allott on their travels were having the time of their lives
Mr Thompson and Miss Allott, also 27, had been together since 2011 and left the UK last September.
They visited Dubai, Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia, where they spent two weeks working with orangutans.
Most recently they went to Melbourne where they met up with Mr Thompson's friend Ryan Monk, from Colne, and found jobs labouring on a farm outside the city.
Police in Colac, Victoria, said the accident happened on a rural road at around 11am yesterday.
Tragic: Scott Thompson died when his quad bike was hit by a truck in Australia
Mr Thompson and Miss Allott (both pictured left) had been a couple tsince 2011
Scott Thompson photographed before he did a sky-dive during his around the world trip
Daredevil: Scott Thompson doing a sky-dive while on his around the world trip with his girlfriend
In a statement, the police said: 'Investigators believe a truck was travelling west on the Colac-Timboon Road around 11am when a quad bike pulled out of a nearby driveway and into its path.
'The truck and the quad bike collided, killing the rider, a man believed to be aged in his 20s.
'The truck driver, a man aged in his 50s, escaped injury.'
The former British soldier photographed on his travels around the world where he visited Dubai
Close: Scott Thompson, 27, from Nelson, Lancashire, was travelling the country with his girlfriend, Sami Allott
The couple had visited Dubai, Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia, where they spent two weeks working with orangutans
Mr Thompson's father, Stephen, 55, said the family were unsure when his body would be able to return to the UK.
He said: 'The Foreign Office has sent us a bereavement package but we haven't heard anything from the police in Australia.
'We believe Sami and Ryan are going to formally identify the body today.'
Mr Thompson's father Stephen said the family were unsure when his body would be able to return to the UK
Missed: Scott Thompson's family have paid tribute to 'a joker who loved life'
A Foreign Office spokesperson said it was providing consular assistance to the family.
Mrs Thompson said the family had been inundated with messages from Scott's friends in Burnley and Pendle.
She said: 'I won't believe it until he's home. I miss him. I don't know what to say, I really don't.
'I want him home with me. He was so well-respected locally. I'm not just saying that because I'm his mum; I know he was.'
As well as his sister Kirsty, Mr Thompson is survived by two brothers; Chris, 34, and Justin, 29.