Hampshire crash: families pay tribute to three people killed

Tributes have been paid to three people who died after a lorry crashed on a dual carriageway.

Tina Ince, 58, and Tom Watson, 30, who were from Southampton, had both pulled over to help Alex Britton, 28, from Portsmouth, whose vehicle was at the side of the A303 near Andover on the morning of 25 August after breaking down.

The driver of an HGV was arrested after the collision on suspicion of driving while unfit through drugs and causing death by dangerous driving. The 38-year-old has been released as a police investigation continues.

Britton, the mother of a three-year-old and 18-month-old, had been due to marry her partner in 2019 but the ceremony was delayed until February next year because of the pandemic.

Paying tribute, her family said: “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.

“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.”

The family of Ince, who had been driving a food delivery van when she stopped, described her as a “kind and generous person with a heart of gold”. They added: “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.”

Watson’s family said he 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. 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.”

Watson was a recovery truck driver who was on his way to another call-out. His employer, RD Avery, has previously paid tribute to him and called for better protection for those doing the job.

Hampshire police have said they are still keen to hear from anyone who may have information that could their investigation.

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