Tributes as man who died with his 'good friend' in crash involving classic car and ambulance is named

Tributes have been paid to two friends who died when the classic car they were in was in collision with an ambulance near Ross-on-Wye. Jason Allen, 49, from Lea Bailey, near Mitcheldean, has been named as the man who lost his life alongside Andrew Ralph, 61, from Malvern, in a crash on the A49 on Sunday, August 25. They both worked for Ledbury-based haulage firm ABE which has issued a tribute to both men on its Facebook page.

It reads: “It is with great sadness we post the shocking news that two of our long serving drivers, Andrew Ralph (whom many of you will know as Rabbit) and Jason Allen, died together in a tragic car accident on Sunday 25th August. We consider ourselves fortunate to have worked along side them. “We are devastated.

“Our thoughts are with their families and friends at this terrible time.”

Andrew Ralph, from Malvern, and Jason Allen, from Mitcheldean, who died in a crash on August 25

His brother Jeremy Allen said: “Jason Allen was taken tragically from us early on the morning of Sunday, August 25 while driving his 1930 Ford Model A coupe vintage car to Onslow Park Steam Rally near Shrewsbury. “He had a flawless 30+ year HGV driving career and in his spare time lived for all things vintage with his collection of classic lorries and cars. “He made an impression on everyone he met through his life and will be sadly missed by his entire family and friends.

“His good friend Andrew Ralph travelling with him also lost his life and our deepest sympathies go to his family.”

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Emergency services were called to the A49 outside Pengethley Garden Centre in Peterstow at around 6.15am August 25 following reports of a collision The driver, Mr Allen, and passenger Mr Ralph, were pronounced dead at the scene. A family statement paying tribute to Mr Ralph was issued through West Mercia Police.

Tributes as man who died with his 'good friend' in crash involving classic car and ambulance is namedAndy Ralph, known as Rabbit

It 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.” 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.”

Tributes as man who died with his 'good friend' in crash involving classic car and ambulance is namedFlowers at the scene

On one card, it read: “Jason, thoughts are with your family. Another life taken too soon. The Coopers.”

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.

Tributes as man who died with his 'good friend' in crash involving classic car and ambulance is namedThe fatal crash happened near this junction on the A49

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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