Devastated mum's heartbreak after losing both parents and son in lorry crash

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK
Stuart Ratcliffe, 40 and grandparents Fred Pritchard, 98, and Jean Pritchard, 90, were killed after their car collided head on with a lorry on the A43. (SWNS)

A mother has spoken of her pain after both her elderly parents and son were killed in a horror collision earlier this week. 

Stuart Ratcliffe, 40, was driving his grandparents Fred, 98, and Jean, 90, on the A43 when his red Vauxhall Corsa collided head-on with a Volvo lorry. 

The accident took place between Sywell and Hannington, Northamptonshire, at around 2pm on Tuesday. 

Emergency services attended the scene but all three were pronounced dead. 

Fred Pritchard, aged 98, and his wife Jean, aged 90, from Northampton, were pronounced dead at the scene of the collision on the A43, between Hannington and Sywell. (SWNS)

Stuart’s mother Diane Bates, the daughter of Fred and Jean, has paid tribute to her parents and son. 

She said: “We are just totally devastated at losing Stuart and my parents, and words 
cannot describe the loss and sorrow we are feeling. 

“This will leave a massive hole in our hearts for the rest of our lives and we are all going to truly miss Stuart and my parents. 

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“It’s not until now, with all the messages we have received, that you realise just how much they were all loved by so many people.” 

Stuart, from Rothwell, Northamptonshire, leaves behind wife Lisa and their two sons, Tristan and Finley. 

A statement from the family read: "In loving memory of Jean and Fred Pritchard and Stuart Ratcliffe.” God bless them and rest in peace.”

Stuart Ratcliffe, aged 40, from Rothwell, Northamptonshire, leaves behind wife Lisa and their two sons Tristan and Finley. (SWNS)

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

Earlier in the week, a police spokesperson said: "Police officers are appealing for witnesses after three people died following a collision on the A43 between Northampton and Kettering.

"At about 2pm on Tuesday, February 18, a red Vauxhall Corsa and a white Volvo Tipper lorry were travelling in the opposite direction, when they collided between Sywell and Hannington, near to the Sywell Range.

"Following the collision all three occupants of the Vauxhall Corsa – two men and a woman - were sadly pronounced dead at the scene."