Husband-to-be Andrew Nimmo was killed in a crash on a busy North East road yesterday morning.
The 24-year-old, from Murton in Seaham, County Durham, was driving a lorry along the southbound A19 near Thornaby, Teesside, when – for reasons yet to be established – a collision occurred with another HGV and a Ford Focus Zetec.
The driver of the second articulated lorry involved, a 25-year-old man, has since been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is being quizzed by police.
Mr Nimmo was due to marry his fiance and partner of two years, Janinne Lesley, also 24, in August next year.
His family have released a picture of the couple with Janinne’s five-year-old daughter Laylah Hope taken on their last holiday together.
His loved ones are said to be devastated by the tragedy and have asked for time to try and come to terms with their loss.
The 37-year-old female driver of the Ford Focus Zetec was taken to James Cook University Hospital where she was treated for fractures to her legs.
The collision, which happened at around 5.25am, saw the busy A19 route closed in both directions while investigation work continued.
Huge tailbacks could be seen as the morning rush hour commenced and diversions were put in place to alleviate traffic until the road re-opened again at around 3pm.
A Cleveland Police spokesperson said: “A 25-year-old man, the driver of the second HGV involved, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is police custody.
“The driver of the Ford Focus Zetec, a 37-year-old woman, was taken to James Cook University Hospital with fractures to her legs.”
Any witnesses or anyone with information about the collision should contact Cleveland Police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Later, a nearby stretch of the A19 was closed after emergency services were called to a smash involving an HGV and a Vauxhall Corsa.
The northbound carriageway between the A67 turnoff at Crathorne and the A174 junction was closed.