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Bath crash: Tributes to victims killed by tipper truck

Crash victims Image copyright Avon and Somerset, WPD
Image caption Bob Parker, Stephen Vaughan and Phil Allen all died on Monday in Bath

A businessman killed by a runaway tipper truck was planning his retirement.

Western Power Distribution manager Bob Parker, 59, from Cwmbran, was killed on Monday in Bath when the truck hit the Volvo he was travelling in with two others.

Chauffeur Stephen Vaughan, 34, and Phil Allen, 52, both from Swansea, also died.

Mitzi Steady, four, was also killed and her grandmother, was critically hurt.

Mr Parker had wanted to scale back on his work commitments at Western Power Distribution and spend more time with wife Denise, 59.

The couple wanted to travel the world.

"He was thinking about his retirement and all of a sudden, it's gone," said family friend Brian Pritchard, 81.

"It had to be someone, but we hoped it was not him."

The driver of the tipper truck had passed his HGV test several days earlier, it has emerged.

Philip Potter, 19, was transporting aggregate down Lansdown Lane on Monday when he lost control of the lorry, hitting vehicles and pedestrians.

Image caption Mitzi Rosanna Steady, four, died and her grandmother was critically injured
Image caption Avon and Somerset Police at the scene of the crash

Mr Parker had been in Bath on a business trip with his colleague Mr Allen when they were both killed.

They had been travelling in a taxi driven by newlywed Mr Vaughan when they were hit by the truck.

A spokesman for Western Power Distribution said: "Both were very well respected by friends and staff alike and we are all deeply shocked by this tragic event.

"Our thoughts are with their wives and families at this very sad time."

Meanwhile, Mr Vaughan's widow paid tribute to her husband, who she said had an infectious smile.

"Myself, Steve's parents and family are very proud of the man he was, a true gentleman and we were so privileged to have been a part of his life," she said in a statement.

"We are devastated that he was taken away from us so soon.

"We had only been married six months and I was honoured that he chose me to be his wife. Steve was dedicated to his family and his business which made him a well-respected business man.

"Even though we are going through our loss, our hearts go out to all the other families that have lost loved ones and would like to thank the emergency services and the local community for everything that they have done for us at this sad time."

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