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Tributes to three men who died when their van overturned in 'extreme weather conditions'

Tributes have been paid to three men who died when their work van collided with a road sign and overturned.

Marshall Arnott and two friends were killed as they drove along the A38 near Plymouth in "extreme weather conditions" on Monday night.

All three, aged 20, 22 and 24, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Marshall Arnott has been named locally as one of those who died on the A38. Credit: Facebook

Marshall's heartbroken girlfriend Elley Taylor lead tributes - saying part of him will always live on through their four-month-old daughter.

Elley said the pair met at Stoke Damerel Community College when they were both 16 - and he was planning to ask her to marry him on their three year anniversary next month.

She wrote on Facebook:

I feel like my heart has been ripped out of my chest.

While I sit here at 5am feeding our baby girl I feel so so empty; wondering why you aren't here besides me arguing over who's turn it is to feed Isla and who's turn to change her.

But through all the tears and breakdowns I've had today/tonight it's your little mini me who has been smiling away at me just like you always did

– Elley Taylor
Marshall and his girlfriend Elley, who paid a touching tribute to him. Credit: Facebook

Marshall, and the two other men, worked at R&M Utility Engineering Services, who also paid tribute to the "fantastic young men".

In a statement they said: "It is with great sadness to share the news that we lost three of our employees in a tragic traffic accident.

"All of us at R&M are heartbroken following this dreadful event. We mourn the loss of these three fantastic young men."

Devon and Cornwall Police appealed for witnesses to the tragedy which occurred on Monday at about 4.50pm.

The three died when the van skidded and flipped on to its side on the Plymouth-bound carriageway of the A38 around a mile away from Marsh Mills.