THE family of a driver killed in a fatal crash with a stationary ambulance have paid tribute to their “incredible young man”.
Jonathan Burke, 21, of The Parks, Chester-le Street, died after his Renault Clio collided with an ambulance attending an accident in Washington.
In a statement released through Northumbria Police, his family said: “Jonathan was an incredible young man. He had attended St Aidan’s school in Sunderland and went on to become a hard working electrician.
“His great passion for the outdoors and bushcraft skills took him all over Britain and on to America for courses and expeditions. He had huge plans to travel the world and will be missed by many friends and colleagues.
“His family are heartbroken at the tragic and sudden loss of such a generous and loving son, brother and grandson.”
Jonathan’s car collided with the ambulance was at the junction of the A1231 and A195 in Barmston. It was attending an earlier accident where a Vauxhall Astra hit a lamppost.
Two fire engines from Washington were called to the second accident at 7.30am on Sunday and crews used cutting equipment to rescue the young man from the car.
He was placed on a spinal board and taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital, where he later died.
Four other men, believed to be the occupants of the Vauxhall Astra, were also taken to hospital with minor injuries.
The A1231 road, between the A182 and the A195, was closed for a couple of hours while police carried out their investigations.
Inquiries are ongoing and anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the Northumbria Police Road Safety Unit on 101 ext 69191.