Mother and two others killed by HGV on A-road without hard shoulder
Mother-of-two, 28, was killed by HGV along with recovery truck driver, 30, and another motorist, 58, who both stopped to help her when she had broken down on A-road without hard shoulder
- Police called to four-vehicle collision on the A303 near Andover, Hampshire
- Alex Britton, 28, was stranded when her car broke down without hard shoulder
- Recovery driver Tom Watson, 30, and motorist Tina Ince, 58, stopped to help
- All three were then hit by HGV and were pronounced dead at the scene
- A HGV driver, 38, was arrested and has been released under investigation
Published: 10:29, 7 September 2021 | Updated: 13:37, 7 September 2021
The three victims of a HGV lorry crash on the A303 were a mother whose car had broken down and two kind-hearted strangers who stopped to help her.
Alex Britton, 28, Tina Ince, 58, and Tom Watson, 30, were all killed in the four-way collision on the dual carriageway near Andover on August 25.
Following the deaths there have been calls for more safety measures around breakdowns on stretches of road with no hard shoulder.
Alex, a mother of two, had been left stranded on the road after her car broke down without anywhere to pull in.
Tom, a recovery driver on his way to another job, saw her in need and had stopped to help. Tina also pulled over to help.
Alex Britton, 28, (pictured) was being helped by fellow motorists Tom Watson and Tina Ince after her car broke down on the A303 near Andover, Hants, when all three were killed in a collision with a HGV lorry
However as they were moving the car to safety, they were hit from behind by a HGV lorry. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.
A 38-year-old HGV driver was arrested on suspicion of drug-driving and has since been released.
Today the victims’ devastated families paid tribute to their ‘kind-hearted’ and ‘generous’ loved ones.
Paying tribute to Alex, her family said: ‘Alex was beautiful inside and out. She was fun, caring, a joy to be with and a wonderful mother.
Tom Watson (left), 30, a recovery driver on his way to another job, saw her in need and had stopped to help.
Tina Ince, 58, also pulled over to help
‘We are all devastated by what has happened. She leaves behind two very young girls and a partner who she was to marry in February.
‘Our heartfelt sympathies go to the families of the two kind drivers who tried to help her on the A303, who also lost their lives. Words aren’t enough.’
Tina’s family also paid tribute in a statement, writing: ‘Tina was a kind and generous person with a heart of gold.
‘She lived as she died: helping people.
Words do not begin to describe how much she will be missed by those who knew her.
‘She was strong, hardworking, and truly one of a kind.’
Tom’s family gave the following tribute to him: ‘Our lovely Tom was a kind-hearted, generous man who loved to help people and do anything for his family.
‘We are absolutely devastated that he has been taken from us. He was everything to his loving parents, wife and the rest of his family.
‘He loved his friends, many of whom are like part of the family.
A HGV driver, 38, has been arrested suspicion of driving a vehicle while unfit through drugs and causing death by dangerous driving after a four-vehicle collision on the A303 killed three people
‘He also loved his job as a recovery driver. His best friend also worked in the industry and you couldn’t stop them talking about it when they were together.
‘We will all miss him terribly.
The fact that Tom is no longer with us will always cause us pain but he will forever be in our hearts until we meet again.’
Hampshire Constabulary today confirmed the HGV driver, a 38-year-old man from Donnington, Shropshire, has been arrested on suspicion of driving a vehicle while unfit through drugs and causing death by dangerous driving.
He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
Police are now searching for the driver of a small white car with a black roof who may have witnessed the crash.
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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