Tribute to ‘Rabbit’: Family remember man who died in crash between ambulance and classic car near Ross-on-Wye

The family of a man who died in a crash involving an ambulance and a classic car near Ross-on-Wye over the bank holiday weekend has paid tribute to him. Emergency services were called to the A49 outside Pengethley Garden Centre in Peterstow at around 6.15am on Sunday (August 25) following reports of a collision The driver and passenger of the car – two men – were pronounced dead at the scene.

The passenger has today been named as 61-year-old Andy Ralph from Malvern.

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In a statement his family said: “Andy – known as Rabbit – was a family man who had been around transport his entire life as a professional HGV driver. “Andy loved all things vintage and always made time for his family and friends with a smile and a chat. We will miss him dearly.”

West Mercia Police said his family and friends have asked their privacy be respected at this difficult time.

Floral tributes

Flowers were left at the scene of the collision. One tribute read: “Rabbit, I will never forget all the memories we all had, you taught me to live life to the full. See you soon, love Lauren.”

Another said: “Rabbit, another one gone too soon. We are all heartbroken.” On one card, it read: “Jason, thoughts are with your family.

Another life taken too soon. The Coopers.”

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 Tribute to ‘Rabbit’: Family remember man who died in crash between ambulance and classic car near Ross-on-WyeFlowers at the scene

Four ambulances, three paramedic officers and an emergency doctor from Mercia Accident Rescue Service went to the scene of the crash. The ambulance was not responding to a 999 call at the time.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said following the collision: “The two occupants of the car sadly died at the scene.

“Two ambulance staff received treatment by ambulance colleagues on scene for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Hereford County Hospital for further assessment.

“The Trust will work closely with Officers from West Mercia Police on the investigation which is already under way.”

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