Hereford & Worcester

Tributes to couple killed after dropping son at nursery

Terri-Ann Barnett and Thomas Matts with their son Morgan
Image caption Terri-Ann Barnett and Thomas Matts were killed after dropping their son off at nursery

The families of a Hereford couple killed when a lorry shed its load have paid tribute to them.

Thomas Matts, 29, and Terri-Ann Barnett, 24, lived in Broxash Drive, with their 18-month-old son Morgan.

The couple were fatally injured when the lorry spilled its load of timber as they walked along Belmont Road, Hereford, on Monday.

On Wednesday, their families said they had been "shocked" by the tragedy which had left the couple's son an orphan.

Mr Matts was taken to Hereford County Hospital by paramedics, but was declared dead on arrival, while Miss Barnett was taken by air ambulance to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital but died later on Monday.

The accident happened after the couple had dropped their son off at his nursery.

On Monday the driver of the heavy goods vehicle was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and released on police bail while the investigation continues.

Mr Matts was one of six brothers, while Miss Barnett leaves behind two brothers and a sister, and her parents Ralph and Diane.

Ralph Barnett said: "Terri used to be a real party girl in her day and had lots of friends in Hereford.

"Since Morgan was born she had become an outstanding mother.

'Devoted'

"She and Tom were both besotted with Morgan and were devoted to him. They were lovely parents and were planning on getting married next year.

"Diane feels she has lost a best friend - Terri was helping her cope with some tough times that she had been going through recently."

Mark Matts, Tom's eldest brother, said: "We are all in complete shock. This is a tragedy that has left their son as an orphan.

"Tom was a loving brother and friend.

"He was fun-loving, easy-going and a doting father - he will be seriously missed by everybody."

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