Families pay tribute to three people killed on the A303

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The fiance of a young mother who died in a crash on the A303 near Andover has spoken of the devastation of having to break the news to their two young children.

Alex Britton, who was 28 and from Portsmouth, died in a four-vehicle collision alongside Tina Ince and Tom Watson, who had stopped to help after her car had broken down just before 9am on 25 August.

Today Aaron Law thanked them for their kindness, and paid tribute to Alex, who he described as a generous soul and perfect mother.

Alex Britton was one of three people who died in the collision on the A303
Alex Britton and Aaron Law got together as teenagers and were due to get married in February next year

Alex was due to marry Aaron Law in February, but the couple had postponed their wedding because of the pandemic.

The A303 near Andover in Hampshire was where the crash happened on 25 August

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

Tina Ince, 58, from Lydgate Road, Southampton, and Tom Watson, 30, from Cheriton Avenue, Southampton, all from separate vehicles, also died at the scene.

Tina Ince and Tom Watson died in the collision on the A303 on 25 August

Alex Britton was driving to her job as a university events planner when her car broke down on the A303. Stopping to help her were Tina Ince, who was 58,  and 30 year old Tom Watson a recovery driver, both from Southampton.

Tragically, as they tried to move Alex's car to safety- they were hit by a lorry. All three died at the scene.

Alex Britton

Aaron Law, Alex's fiance

Paying tribute to Alex, 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. She leaves behind two very young girls and a partner who she was to marry in February.

“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.”

Tina Ince was one of three people who died in a collision on the A303

Tina’s family paid tribute. They said: “Tina was a kind and generous person with a heart of gold. 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."

Tom Watson was one of three people who died in the collision on the A303

Tom Watson's family gave the following tribute to him:

“Our lovely Tom 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.

“We will all miss him terribly. The fact that Tom is no longer with us will always cause us pain but he will forever be in our hearts until we meet again.”

Aaron Law has thanked Tom Watson and Tina Ince for stopping to help his fiance Alex.

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 enquiries continue. Police say they are still keen to hear from anyone who may have information that could help the investigation into what happened.