EMOTIONAL tributes have been paid to a bus driver who collapsed and died at work.
The driver, who has been named locally as Alan Poad, was driving his Stagecoach bus along Catcote Road, in Hartlepool, when he complained of feeling unwell.
The 52-year-old, of Larch Grove, Hartlepool, pulled his bus over into a layby and called the Stagecoach office in the town centre.
His bosses raised the alarm and an ambulance raced to the scene.
But despite medics doing all they could, Mr Poad died at the scene.
His family could not be contacted ahead of going to print, but a neighbour, who did not want to be named, said she was “completely shocked” at the news.
She said: “He was one of the fittest blokes around here.
“He was a gentleman and would do anything for anyone.
“His family have lived in Larch Grove as long as anyone, everyone knew Alan and everyone is completely shocked.
“It’s awful, I feel so sorry for the family, especially for it to happen at this time of year.”
An ambulance was called to Catcote Road, close to the Fens shopping parade, shortly before noon on Wednesday.
A spokesman for the North East Ambulance Service said: “We received a 999 call from Stagecoach at 11.56am and an ambulance crew was sent to the scene. We were with the 52-year-old man for half-an-hour, but unfortunately there was nothing we could do for him.”
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