Bosses at Stockton firm devastated after death of Teesside van driver in Dorset road accident (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Bosses at Stockton firm devastated after death of Teesside van driver in Dorset road accident
BOSSES at a Teesside company say they have been devastated by the death of one of their drivers in a road accident.
The 49-year-old, who has yet to be formally identified by police, was driving a white Iveco van on the A35 near Bridport in West Dorset when he was involved in a crash with two other vans at about 6pm on Monday evening.
He had been driving an Express Blinds van, a company based in Stockton-on-Tees, and was carrying out a delivery.
Amanda Bell, manager at Express Blinds, said: “He has worked for Express Blinds for just over a year and was en route to do a delivery.
“All the staff are absolutely devastated and our thoughts are with his family.”
The Iveco can collided with a Ford Transit van, which had Drain Doctor written on the side, and a Volkswagen Transporter. The 32-year-old Transit driver, from Bournemouth, was airlifted to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.
The 48-year-old Transporter driver, who was from Wareham, Dorset, was taken to hospital in Dorchester via ambulance, suffering from minor injuries.
Police said the man from Teesside had died at the scene.
A nearby resident said: “I heard a lot of sirens going off and I knew there must have been an accident.
“There was another van which was on its side, the roof had been cut off.
“A VW van also looked like it was involved, it had some minor damage.
“There was a lot of debris in the middle of the road.”
A Dorset Police spokesman said: “We received a report of a three-vehicle road traffic collision on the A35 just outside Bridport, two miles on the Dorchester side.
“To allow emergency services to deal with the incident safely the A35 was closed between Monkeys Jump roundabout and Bridport to all heavy vehicles, diversions were in place.
“We are aware that this caused traffic delays and we appreciate the public’s cooperation and patience.”
The road was reopened at just after 5am this morning. (Tuesday)
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