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Accident 25th August 2021 on the A303 nr Andover. loss of Rescue Recovery Operator and two other people killed.


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Hampshire Police are appealing for witnesses after three people sadly died in a collision on the A303 yesterday (August 25) near Andover.

Police 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.

Sadly, three people, all from separate vehicles, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Their families have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

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 our enquiries continue.

We are keen to hear from anyone who may be able to assist with our 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."


A post from RD Avery about the accident:


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.





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To you Zoggie and your comrades, Christine and I send our prayers in support of Tom's loss. No matter where tow operator fatalities occur in the world, we are a brother and sisterhood of professional who continue to serve the motoring public, yet with the highest risk for little return. Thanks Tom for your committment to your company and your community. You are not forgotten. Zoggie, if your people need assistance navigating the process to nominate Tom to be added to the Wall of the Fallen, send me a PM and I'll be happy to assist.       R.      

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