Hartlepool lorry driver in fatal Cumbria smash

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AN INVESTIGATION is ongoing into a fatal smash involving a Hartlepool lorry driver.

Iain Bell, 40, from Haltwhistle, died after a crash at around 6am on Monday, June 3, on the A595 at Mealsgate, in Wigton, Cumbria.

Police say the collision involved a HGV wagon driven by a 52-year-old man from Hartlepool, who suffered minor injuries, and a Toyota Landcruiser driven by Mr Bell.

Mr Bell’s family issued the following tribute through Cumbria Constabulary: “Iain was a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle, dad and granddad. He loved to tinker on his old wrecks which he called his pride and joys along with his three grandsons.

“To most he was known as ‘Big Iain’ or the ‘Gentle Giant’, he was well liked and respected at Sellafield, where he worked as a construction manager and previously at Chapple Cross.”

His wife Linda added: “On Monday, part of me died with him and life will never be the same again for me, our family and anyone else who knew him.”

A Cumbria Constabulary spokesman said an investigation is on-going and no arrests have been made.

Police are also asking for any witnesses or people with information to come forward.

If you have any information call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for PC Lewis or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.