Hereford & Worcester

Service for Hereford couple killed by timber load

Terri-Ann Barnett and Thomas Matts with their son Morgan
Image caption Terri-Ann Barnett and Thomas Matts had just dropped their son off at nursery

A thanksgiving service has been held for a couple who died after a lorry shed its load of timber load on a road in Hereford.

Thomas Matts and Terri-Ann Barnett had just dropped their 18-month-old son Morgan off at nursery when the accident happened on Belmont Road on 7 February.

Mr Matts died at hospital and Miss Barnett died a day later.

A service was held at Hereford Crematorium on Thursday.

The driver of the heavy goods vehicle was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and released on police bail.

Mr Matts, 29, was one of six brothers, while 24-year-old Miss Barnett leaves her parents Ralph and Diane, two brothers and a sister.

The couple lived on Broxash Drive in Hereford.

'Complete shock'

Miss Barnett's family described her as an outstanding mother.

Mark Matts, Tom's eldest brother, said they were in "complete shock".

Reverend John Lewis, from Gorsley Baptist Church, said people living in Hereford had been offering "practical and loving" support to Morgan.

"In what must be for the wider family the worst of times, I am just amazed that the people of Hereford are getting behind this family in a practical and loving way," he said.

"Across the city collections have already started in shops, stores and supermarkets for this couple's young son... all I can say is that this lovely young couple were incredibly devoted to each other.

"They loved each other very much and also in a wonderful way they were devoted to 18-month-old Morgan."

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