Mum, 28, engaged to be married is among 3 killed in crash after car breaks down
A mum of two young girls who was set to marry early next year was one of three people who died in a horror crash, her family has said. Alex Britton, 28, died along with Tina Ince, 58, and Tom Watson, 30, in the tragedy, which happened on August 25 on the A303 near Andover in Hampshire. A 38-year-old HGV driver has been arrested on suspicion of driving a vehicle while unfit through drugs and causing death by dangerous driving.
It is believed Alex’s car had broken down, while Tina and Tom were both helping when the crash happened. In a heartbreaking statement, Alex’s family stated: “Alex was beautiful inside and out. She was fun, caring, a joy to be with and a wonderful mother.
“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.”
Tributes have been paid to Tom Watson, who was killed in the crash (Hampshire Police)Tina was described as ‘truly one of a kind’ by her loved ones (Hampshire Police)
Tina, who was driving a Mercedes food delivery van, has been described as “strong, hardworking and truly one of a kind” by her loved ones. Her family said: “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 worked for a breakdown and recovery service and was on duty when he died, his employer said.
His family said in a statement: “Our lovely Tom was a kind-hearted, generous man who loved to help people and do anything for his family.
The tragedy happened on the A303 close to Andover
“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.
“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.” Following the crash, his employer Avery Recovery posted: “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.
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.”
Police were called just after 8.40am on 25 August to a report of a collision involving a Vauxhall Astra, a Mercedes food delivery van, a HGV and a DAF recovery truck.
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.