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Tributes to lorry driver Gurdip Johal, 30, killed in crash on A12 in Essex

Tributes have been paid to a lorry driver who was killed after his vehicle plunged from a bridge and burst into flames on the A12 in Essex.[1] Gurdip Johal, 30, was driving the truck that crashed down from Coleman’s Bridge onto the southbound side of the carriageway in Witham on Wednesday afternoon. The truck driver, who had been married for a year and lived with his wife in Witham, Essex after moving there from London, died at the scene.

His sister Mandip Kaur, 21, from Ilford, paid tribute to him as “the best older brother I could ever ask for” and said her family would “miss him forever”. In a heartfelt message posted to Facebook, she said: “Rest in Peace to my Superman, Gurdip. The best older brother I could ever ask for.

a12lorrycrash0902a.jpgAftermath: The crash near to Coleman’s Bridge (@joemccallum89)

“Life won’t ever be the same without you, you didn’t deserve what happened to you.

“I’ll take care of our mother and younger brother, just like you did since we were born. I’ll love you always & forever till I’m with you.

14.04.1986 – 08.02.2017.” Another friend wrote: “RIP Gurdip Johal, thoughts and prayers go out to your friends and family.”

While another said: “Such a young guy, so tragic. RIP Gurdip Johal. Prayers go out to you and your family.”

Police had continued to search the mangled wreckage of the lorry for more bodies on Friday afternoon but were later able to confirm that Mr Gurdip was the only casualty. Essex Police[2] said in a statement: “We have finished our search for any other potential casualties following the road collision on the #A12 on Wednesday afternoon. “Management of the scene has now been passed over to Highways England.

“We can now confirm that the only casualty following the incident was the driver of the lorry.”

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  1. ^ Essex. (www.standard.co.uk)
  2. ^ Essex Police (www.standard.co.uk)
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