Recovery truck driver who died in A303 crash was a ‘truly exceptional person’

A RECOVERY truck driver who died in a crash on the A303 near Andover has been remembered for being a “truly exceptional person” and a “highly valued” colleague and friend. Avery Recovery, a breakdown and recovery service based in Landford, announced on its social media channels that one of its employees, Tom Watson, had been involved in the incident on Wednesday August 25. : Three dead in A303 crash near Andover

The statement posted on Facebook said: “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.”

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

Tom will be sorely missed but will always be remembered. Rest in Peace Tom.

— R D Avery Limited (@rd_avery) August 26, 2021

Emergency services were called just after 8.40am to a report of a collision involving a Vauxhall Astra, a Mercedes food delivery van, a HGV and a DAF recovery truck. Three people, all from separate vehicles, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The HGV driver, 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 has been released under investigation while police enquiries continue. Hampshire Constabulary wants to hear from anyone who may be able to help with the investigation into the circumstances of the collision.

Senior Investigating officer DC Cate Paling 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.”

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