A LORRY driver who died after falling ill at the wheel in Washington has been named by police as 62-year-old Geoffrey Nicholson.
Mr Nicholson, from Haltwhistle, was found unconscious in his DAF truck shortly after 11am on Friday, after it swerved off the road and on to a grassed area at the Pattinson Road roundabout.
He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
The crash involved a truck branded Timberpak Ltd, based in nearby Pattinson Industrial Estate.
Mr Nicholson, however, worked for Haltwhistle-based sub-contractor J & VE Nichol, and the vehicle belongs to them.
Timberpak director Mark Hayton said: “We are extremely sorry to hear the sad news about Geoff.
“He worked for one of our haulage contractors and was a regular, friendly face at our Washington and Bellshill depots.”