Tributes paid to 'exceptional' man killed in four vehicle crash on A303

Tom Watson has been described by his work colleagues as an exceptional person Credit: Avery Recovery

Tributes have been paid to a man killed in a four vehicle crash on the A303 near Andover. Tom Watson was one of three people who died when the recovery truck he was driving was involved in a collision with a lorry, a car and a food delivery van on Wednesday 25 August.

Two other people also died at the scene.

The collision happened on the A303 near Andover

A member of the Avery Recovery team posted, "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.

Tom Watson Credit: Facebook

"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."

Hampshire Police were called just after 8.40am on Wednesday 25 August to a report of a collision involving a Vauxhall Astra, a Mercedes food delivery van, a HGV and a DAF recovery truck.

Three people, all from separate vehicles, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their families have been informed and are being supported by specialist police officers.

Tom Watson died in a collision involving four vehicles on the A303 near Andover

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.

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.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Police.