Death tragedy lorry driver named

The scene of a crash, on  Friday, October 3, involving a lorry, which left the road at the Pattinson Roundabout in Washington, after the driver, Geoffrey Nicholson, 62, of Haltwhisle, fell ill at the wheel.
The scene of a crash, on Friday, October 3, involving a lorry, which left the road at the Pattinson Roundabout in Washington, after the driver, Geoffrey Nicholson, 62, of Haltwhisle, fell ill at the wheel.
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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.”