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Tributes to men killed in Cumbrian road crash

Tributes have been paid to three men killed in a two-car crash on a main Cumbrian road.

Related: Police name three men killed in crash on main Cumbrian road

Jamie Lee Edmondson, 22, of School Close, Maryport, Todd Ridley, 18, from Nether View, Maryport and Michael John Harrison, 47, of Queens Park, Aspatria, all died at the scene of the collision on the A596 at Crosby Villa, near Maryport.

Mr Edmondson was the driver of a Honda Civic car that was in collision with a Rover 220 car, being driven by Mr Harrison. Mr Ridley was a passenger in the Honda.

Today, the families of the three men paid tribute to them.

Mr Harrison was a volunteer firefighter with Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

A statement by his family said: “Michael was a fun loving, caring and loyal family man who treasured life. He was born in Aspatria on 18th March 1966. Father of two sons, he lived with his fiance and her two children and leaves behind a much loved mother, father and brother.

“Michael left school in 1981 and became an apprentice welder, then went onto work at Sellafield where he travelled for the next 30 years.

“In 1997 Michael also joined Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service where he served the local community as a firefighter. He was a committed, honest, hard working man whose strength and courage shone through.

"He loved his music and loved to travel and was a huge Liverpool football supporter. Michael was a highly respected individual who will be greatly missed by all whose lives he has touched.”

A statement from Mr Edmondson's family said: “It is with great sadness that our son Jamie has been so tragically taken. Jamie was a big softie at heart who always liked to make people laugh.

“He lived his life to the full taking each day as it came. He was the life and soul of any party, entertaining all with his jokes, cheeky smile and contagious laugh. There will be a hole left in our hearts as he touched many who were blessed to know him.

“His memories will always be with us, our much loved son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend.

“Goodnight, god bless our beautiful Jamie.”

And Mr Ridley's family said: “It is with deep sadness that Todd has been so tragically taken from us.

"Todd had just started as an operative at Carlisle last week, taking the opportunity to make some money with a starter job, before hopefully finding a job as a joiner following his two year joinery course at West Lakes College.

"A caring and thoughtful lad who had all his life in front of him. Todd will be deeply and painfully missed by his family, girlfriend Amy and his friends.”

It is understood Mr Edmondson and Mr Ridley, both former pupils of Maryport's Netherhall School, were on their way to start an early shift at Carlisle's Cavaghan & Gray factory.

All three families are being supported by police family liaison officers.

The collision happened at about 5.20am yesterday and the road was closed until around 12noon.

Police have asked any witnesses to the incident to contact the western roads unit on 101.

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deepest sympathies to all familys concerned

Posted by ian coulter on 8 October 2013 at 18:51

Tragic! Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this tragedy. Hope family and friends find the strength to carry on. Thoughts with the Emergency Services who had the situation to deal with. RIP xxx

Posted by anon on 3 October 2013 at 21:13

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