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Family 'devastated' by death of A548 crash victim

Heartbreaking tribute to Joseph Michael Evans who died in accident in which his sister was also injured

The family of Joseph Michael Evans, who was killed in a crash on the A548 Sealand Road, which also injured his sister, say they are “absolutely devastated”.

Mr Evans, who was “everyone’s friend”, lost his life when the Renault Megane he was driving collided with a lorry near Chester on the busy main road on Tuesday (February 6).

His sister Donna was also badly injured, but was said to be recovering in hospital, reports our sister publication the Daily Post .

A tribute by the family said: “Joseph Michael Evans, 49 who lived in Shotton, was father to Joseph, Dolly and Alfie, son to Angela and Joe and brother to Paul, Angela and Donna.

“Joe attended Deeside High School and went on to serve his apprenticeship at Airbus and worked as an aircraft engineer worldwide. He was a huge Everton supporter, a blue through and through.

“He lived his life to the full fitting 100 years into 49. He was fun, outgoing, everyone’s friend and touched by any who entered his life.

“Everyone is absolutely devastated by this tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with his younger sister Donna who was also involved in the accident and is recovering in hospital.

“Joe will be sorely missed by everyone who was fortunate to meet him and who held him in great affection.”

(Image: north wales police)

The road between the A494 at Drome Corner and the Seahill Road turning for Saughall, was closed for more than seven hours following the collision and was reopened at 7.30pm.

Police collision officers were at the scene to investigate how it happened and asked for witnesses to get in touch.

Two air ambulances, two paramedics in a rapid response vehicles and a crew in an emergency ambulance were at the scene. The fire service were also in attendance.

Sergeant Emlyn Hughes of the Roads Policing Unit said: “Sadly the male driver of the Renault Megane was pronounced dead at the scene and the female passenger was airlifted to hospital with serious life threatening injuries.”

(Image: Robert Parry Jones)

Sadly Mr Evans is not the first person to have lost his life on that stretch of road.

Carl Sutton, 26, from Connah’s Quay, Flintshire, died in 2010 after his MG car hit a tree.

Just a week earlier, talented athlete Danny Evans, 18, also from Connah’s Quay, died when a car he was a passenger in overturned on the same road.

Last year the speed limit was reduced from 60mph to 50mph in a bid to reduce crashes and save lives.

According to the crashmap.co.uk website since 2010, between the English border and the A494 Drome Cormer junction, there have been two fatal, five serious and 14 minor crashes on that stretch of the A548.

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