Tributes to man killed in Balby Road accident

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Tributes have been paid on social media to a man who died after a major accident on one of Doncaster’s busiest roads.

An air ambulance landed on the carriageway in Balby Road on Saturday morning after the man, who has not yet been identified by police, was in collision with an articulated heavy goods lorry.

Despite attempts by paramedics, the man is believed to have died at the scene.

Circumstances surrounding the death are unclear but a South Yorkshire Police spokesman said the man appeared to have jumped into the path of the vehicle from railings or some kind of parapet near the Curry Mahal Indian restaurant.

He was struck by the vehicle, an HGV owned by logistics firm Norbert Dentressangle, which was heading out of Doncaster along the busy 40mph Balby Road towards the A1(M) intersection at Warmsworth.

The accident, near the junction with the A60 at Sandford Road, caused major traffic delays and the road was sealed off by police for several hours following the tragedy.

Police and paramedics raced to the scene and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance was drafted in with the aircraft landing on the carriageway in vain attempts to save the man’s life.

An eyewitness said: “I heard a bang and when I turned round, I could see there was a man laid in the road.

“He had been knocked quite a distance along the carriageway and I rushed over to him to see what I could do to help.

“It was horrible. He was trying to talk to me when I asked him his name.

“I held his hand so at least there was someone with him.”

The accident took place at 11.20am on Saturday and caused major delays both heading in and out of Doncaster.

People took to Facebook and Twitter to express their condolences and shock at the tragedy.

Tania Marie Bradley wrote on Facebook: “So sad” while Jenny Spall added: ”What an awful day. So so sad for everyone involved. RIP.”

Nikky Kershaw wrote: “Bless him rip while Hayley Clarke wrote on Twitter: “Goodness, that sounds awful on Balby Road this morning.”

Doncaster Coroner Nicola Mundy will be informed of the death and an inquest is likely to be opened in the next few days.