THE FAMILY of a newlywed truck driver killed when his lorry exploded after careering off a bridge in Essex have paid tribute to a “caring” husband and son.
Gurdip Johal (30) (above centre) from East London died after his vehicle, carrying 20 tonnes of industrial batteries, plummeted off Coleman’s Bridge onto the southbound carriageway of the A12 and exploded.
A statement released by Mr Johal’s wife’s family, said:
Gurdip was a dearly loved husband, son and brother to everyone who knew him.
He will be immensely missed by his life partner, Mandy Johal and her family. He was a caring husband, always putting a smile on everyone’s face.
Mrs Gurdip’s sister, Mandip Kaur, said: “He was a special man, a good person who was always smiling and worked so hard to provide. He would have made an excellent father.”
Accident investigators are looking into what caused Mr Gurdip’s truck to career off the road and Ms Kaur added: “He was a very good, safe driver and regularly gave me, my brother and mother lifts. We’re desperate to know how this happened. It’s horrible not knowing how he died. We haven’t been allowed to see him either so it doesn’t feel real.”