A303 crash – tribute to recovery truck driver who died

Landford based firm RD Avery mourn tragic loss of ‘valued’ employee Tom Watson

RD Avery: Tom was a highly valued colleague and friend and brought a smile and sunshine to everyone he met.Author: Mike DraperPublished 2 hours ago
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Tom was one of three people killed in an horrific crash on the A303 near Andover on Wednesday morning (25 Aug 2021). He was a member of staff with the local recovery and breakdown firm, RD Avery, based at Landford, just outside Salisbury.

RD Avery posted a heart rending tribute on Facebook:

“It is with utmost sadness that we confirm the tragic loss of a staff member whilst on duty yesterday (25.8.21). Tom was a highly valued colleague and friend and brought a smile and sunshine to everyone he met.

He loved his job and helping people and was a truly exceptional person. It was an honour to have known him and have had him as part of the Avery family. Needless to say, the entire team are devastated but our immediate thoughts are with his wife and family and all those directly affected by the incident.

Thank you to so many of you who have already expressed your support – customers and industry partners alike – it truly is appreciated and means a lot. Tom will be sorely missed but will always be remembered. Rest in Peace Tom.

Tom died, along with two other people in separate vehicles, when a heavy goods vehicle collided with them on the A303 at around 8.40am on Wednesday morning.

RD Avery: Tom was a highly valued colleague and friend and brought a smile and sunshine to everyone he met.

Emergency services were called to reports of a crash involving a Vauxhall Astra, a Mercedes food delivery van, a DAF recovery truck, and an HGV. The driver of the HGV, a 38-year-old man from Donnington, Shropshire, was arrested on suspicion of driving a vehicle while unfit through drugs and causing death by dangerous driving. He’s been released under investigation.

Officers from Hampshire Constabulary are appealing for witnesses who may be able to help with their investigation into the circumstances of the collision. Senior Investigating officer DC Cate Paling has said: “We are keen to speak with anyone who witnessed the collision, or the moments leading up to it, particularly anyone with dash cam footage.

In the immediate moments after the collision, a small white car with a black roof passed the scene and we believe they may be an important witness who we wish to speak with.”

“Anyone who can assist our enquiries should call 101, quoting the reference 44210338980.”