Tributes paid to crash driver

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A MAN, who died at the wheel of his lorry, has been named by police as Ian Ewart, 48, of Thomas Telford Road, Langholm.

Cumbria Police said Mr Ewart died after a serious collision near Longtown last Monday evening.

Mr Ewart, who was Langholm Cornet in 1994, was married to Christine and the couple had three sons, twins Lawrence and Joel and Ben.

The one-vehicle accident, in which the HGV crashed into a hedgerow, happened on the A7. Mr Ewart is thought to have suffered a medical episode.

A Cumbria Police spokesman said he was found to be unresponsive at the scene. He was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle where he died.

The HGV was travelling towards Longtown when the incident happened near to Camelot Holiday Park.

The vehicle ended up in the hedgerow on the opposite side of the road. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

The road was closed for four hours while to allow for recovery of the vehicle. Mr Ewart worked for Wm Armstrong of Longtown.

In a statement the company said: "Ian's death has been a great shock to all those who knew him and, in particular, the Wm Armstrong livestock team, with whom he has worked closely during the last three years on livestock and fertilisers work.

"Everyone at Wm Armstrong is devastated by the news. We all send our sincere condolences to Ian's wife and family at this sad time."

Police are appealing for any witnesses who have not made themselves known to them already. They can be contacted on 101.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 2:09PM
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