A303 crash: Tributes paid and calls for increased safety at breakdowns after three killed

Video report by ITV Meridian's Kerry Swain

There are calls for more safety measures around breakdowns after a recovery worker died in a crash on the A303 in Hampshire.

Tom Watson and two other people were killed when a lorry collided with a van, a car and a recovery truck near Andover last Wednesday (25 August).

On Tuesday (31 August) his employers in Portsmouth took time out of their day to remember him.

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.

Tom was on his way to a job in Andover when he saw a woman had broken down on the side of the A303 and had stopped to help.

However as he and another driver were moving the car to safety, there was an accident involving an HGV.

Three people, including Tom, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The HGV driver 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 enquiries continue.

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Tom's colleagues know the danger he faced on stretches of road with no hard shoulder.

Will Vincent said: "You are putting your own life in the hands of other people. We do as much as we can to make ourselves known, but at the end of the day it's down to other people to realise what's ahead of them."

Staff at the recovery firm where Tom worked are supporting a campaign called Move Over, Slow Down, designed to protect roadside workers.

Watch: Tom's employer, Ray Avery, reflects on Tom's selfless manner and warned of the dangers of the job

Ray Avery said: "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."