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Tributes paid to fatal crash victim

Derek Russell, 52, died in a car crash near Broughton. He is pictured with wife Sam.

Derek Russell, 52, died in a car crash near Broughton. He is pictured with wife Sam.

Tributes have been paid to a “popular guy” who died following a crash in Preston.

Police were called just after 3.30pm on Tuesday to reports that a Peugeot 307, being driven along Eastway towards Broughton, had lost control and collided with a lamp post.

The driver, Derek Russell, 52, of Belmont Avenue, Blackpool, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital but was pronounced dead.

His wife, Sam, said: “Derek was Derek. Derek lived an interesting and fun filled life with love and laughter and touched many hearts along the way.

“A popular guy with a huge personality, it is a truly tragic loss of a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend to many.

“Derek was born in Scotland and was a keen Glasgow Rangers fan.

“He has lived for the last twenty five years in the Blackpool area.

“His death leaves a massive hole in lots of people’s lives - he will be sadly missed.”

Police are investigating the cause of the crash and are appealing for witnesses.

 

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