Police name lorry driver found dead in Washington

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.

Geoffrey Nicholson was found in his DAF truck on Friday, after it swerved off the road and on to a grassed area at the Pattinson Road roundabout.

Police were called shortly after 11am after the 62-year-old, from Haltwhistle, was found unconscious. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The crash involved a truck branded Timberpak Ltd – a subsidiary of wood panel manufacturer Egger – based in nearby Pattinson Industrial Estate.

Mr Nicholson, however, worked for Haltwhistle-based sub-contractor J & VE Nichol and the vehicle belongs to them.

Tyre marks were evident where the lorry left the road while going west along Pattinson Road, towards the roundabout with Northumberland Way.

The remains of signage was lying on the grass and part of the lorry’s windscreen was shattered from the impact.

Collision investigators used blue markers to indicate where debris from the vehicle had been scattered across the scene.

Mark Hayton, director of Timberpak Ltd, paid tribute to the tragic driver and 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.

“On behalf of everyone at Timberpak, I’d like to extend our deepest condolences to Geoff’s family, friends and colleagues.”